A Title Born of a Mystical Muse
My Muse loves to play with titles. She throws me suggestions even when I’m not actively looking for them. But I write them all down, because I’ve discovered that I often get an idea for a book simply by thinking of a good title.
I’ve also experienced the agony of completing a manuscript without a title, even after brainstorming with writer friends. That’s what happened with Book One of the Angelaeon Circle. My Muse threw me lots of ideas, but none fit just right, and I had to keep asking, "What else?" With Book One, “What else?” became my mantra.
But I wonder if the reason I couldn’t find the title was because I had not really found the heart of the book yet. As I rewrote again and again, the core of the story began to take shape, centering around an ancient debt that could only be paid by “Breath of Angel, Blood of Man.” That became the title of the novel. My publisher suggested shortening it to simply “Breath of Angel.” And so it was christened.
With Book Two, the title came easier. A sword is a major part of the story, and as I wrote the scene in which the sword is introduced, my Muse told me that Trevin was to be tried by “the eye of the sword.” Bingo. I knew that was the title.
Then one of those mystical, unexplainable serendipities happened. As soon as a cover is designed for a book, the icon of it can be posted in the publisher’s online catalogue and in all the relevant online pre-release sites. My son’s Japanese father-in-law saw the title of Book Two when the cover was posted. As my son put it, “Taka-san jumped out of his chair.” It turns out that “eye of” something is an Asian idiom. “The eye of ___" (fill in the blank) expresses how perfectly shaped something is. So “the eye of the sword" is an idiom for the perfect, straight line of the blade when scrutinized by the eye. To have a true angle is a very important quality in Asian culture. Who knew? But the entire idiom fits the book perfectly – it’s the eye of the title. Thanks to my mystical Muse.
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Where angels walk the ground and the future is told in song, does a man of low rank have a chance at love with a princess?
In Camrithia, a land of shadows and mystical secrets, Trevin lives to serve King Laetham. But his heart belongs to the princess, Melaia. When the King sends Trevin on on a dangerous quest to find the missing comains—captains in the king’s army—he must leave Melaia to the advances of a swaggering Dregmoorian prince.
Challenged to prove his worth, Trevin throws himself into his quest. Striving to prove his love, Trevin undertakes a second mission—find the harps Melaia seeks in order to restore the stairway to heaven. Through fire caves, rogue winds, and murderous threats, Trevin remains steadfastly dedicated to his quest—even when he is falsely accused of a heinous crime. As Trevin’s time runs out, he realizes he must face the shame and horror of his own past and the nightmare that has come to life. Will he have the courage to finish what he has started?