By now, you might have heard that Trials of Truth (Bloodtruth #3) is going to be released on March 31st. (In case you’re wondering how you hear about stuff like that, check out either my Facebook page, or consider joining the Cege Smith Fan Club.)
What’s kind of fun for me is that when I sit down to write the next installment in one of my series (I have 4 of them!) I go back and do fact checking in the previous books to make sure I can keep people, places, and things straight. That means that I get to do a little reminiscing about those books too and I always remember some interesting nuggets about them. Today, I thought I’d share three little known facts about the story that turned into Heiress of Lies (Bloodtruth #1).
- Heiress of Lies wasn’t the original title. When I wrote the manuscript, I called it ‘Angeline’s Quest‘. It was Angeline’s Quest all through the editing process right up to the point where I was formatting it for publication. At the last minute, I changed my mind because my working title didn’t quite capture the story the way that I thought it should. A huge theme that drives the entire series is the thread of deceit and betrayal within the royal Robart family that spans centuries. Viola! Angeline’s Quest became Heiress of Lies.
- In the original version of the story, Connor wasn’t the one who kidnapped Angeline. Readers of the series know that Connor’s kidnapping of Angeline is a pivotal event that forever changes Angeline’s life. When I first wrote the opening scenes of what was then ‘Angeline’s Quest’, Angeline was traveling alone to a secret meeting in the middle of nowhere to meet with someone whose support she needed as she took the throne. The meeting was a trap, and a band of rogues waited to kidnap her. Angeline was mortally wounded in the ensuing battle. (We all know that a Robart doesn’t go down without a fight!) That’s when Connor stumbled upon her and helped her…in the worst way possible.
- The original version of the story was lost forever, so I had to start over. This fact still pains me three years later. I had written about a third of the story of the original version, and then my computer was stolen. I lost that version completely. It took me awhile to get over that and be in a good place to begin the story again. When I did, it reshaped itself into the story that you can read today.
I can’t wait to share the next part of Angeline’s story with you with the release of Trials of Truth, but while we all wait, look for another post from me in a few days sharing some behind the scenes dirt on The Queen’s Betrayal (Bloodtruth #2).