Book 5 will be titled CHATELAINE OF FOREZ and starts a few decades after the end of LADY OF LUXEMBOURG. I don’t want to spoil anything by giving you too much about the first four novels, if you haven’t read them yet. By the way, they are going kindle exclusive. The new titles will be offered for a short time to a broader market as they come out. I’ll let you know when that happens. Find them here in kindle for a very friendly price.
To go back to CHATELAINE OF FOREZ, I had to do a lot of research into the folklore and legends of this little known region of France, tucked between Aquitaine, Burgundy, and Provence. History lacks records, and the facts are insufficient. Legend, fortunately, and local folk stories, bridge the gap and allowed me to piece together a story that resonates with the facts, and allows the legend to flourish and become the reality of this series.
So, as Melusine is an immortal, she goes in search of the reincarnation of her beloved into Forez, a land recently declared independent from the Empire, and as Melusine always does, she will shake the foundations of the established order.
Afflicted by the serpent curse, Melusine meets the young lord Artaud, who reigns over the wild hills and the springs of Forez, on the road of pilgrims, troubadours and merchants. The gold in the rivers instills greed in the powerful, and many envy the rich Pagan Lord, including his most trusted vassals… even the Bishop of Lyon. They’ll stop at nothing to crush Melusine, whose deal with the devil (or so it is said) keeps her lover unscathed through battles. But rumors of a mythical monster in the swamps, one with a woman’s torso and a serpent’s tail, will initiate a holy hunt… Will Melusine find redemption or burn at the stake?
This story is scheduled for publication from Books We Love in December this year. I’ll let you know how the writing goes. I’m only half way through it, but I like it a lot.
Wishing you a wonderful end of summer.
Vijaya Schartz – Swords, Romance with a Kick