Many of you pointed to “Last Year’s Leaves are Smoke” as a great line. Yes, that’s my favorite of the lines of poetry I thought of perhaps using as book titles. It’s not out of copyright, however. In a relatively small number of years, yes, but in 2021, no. Too bad! I am not certain whether I should approach the estate to ask permission. It would be simpler to just look only at poems published before 1923. Or just look at Shakespeare. I have a Bartlett’s Quotations sitting around. Maybe it’s time to get that out.
Meanwhile, back cover copy! Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
A gifted psychiatrist, Daniel Dodson is perfectly aware that he’s in a tough place personally following the death of his wife. Then a mysterious new patient offers a welcome professional distraction.
The world of swords and magic that Tenai so vividly remembers obviously can’t be real. The deadly enmity and long war that left such deep emotional scars obviously symbolize something else. But perhaps Daniel can use the signposts of those confabulated memories to help Tenai understand how to move forward into a new life in the real world.
Down the rabbit hole, but not to Wonderland.
It never occurred to Daniel that the fantastic life Tenai remembers might be absolutely true. But when he and his daughter are swept up in the plots of Tenai’s enemies and dropped abruptly into a world of dark magic and darker history, Daniel is faced with the need to find a way to help Tenai deal with the all-too-real echoes of her past.
Sometimes the past does not let go.
Daniel has come to know far more about Tenai’s enemies than he ever wanted to know — and far more than she does herself. Forced into unwilling cooperation with those enemies, can Daniel find a way to free himself, protect his daughter, and help Tenai overcome the shadows of her past — before it’s too late?
The conclusion of the story begun in [TITLE].
What do you all think? I strongly prefer short back cover descriptions, and I prefer not to give away too much just on the back cover. But I have to say SOMETHING about the third book. Is that too much, too little, the wrong thing to reveal?
I’m concerned that these back cover descriptions may make the story sound too dark. On the other hand, it IS a darker story than, for example, THE FLOATING ISLANDS.
Also, I realize that referring to a male pov character and an important female character on the back cover suggests romance. I can’t quite think of any way to prevent the impression that this story might or probably does include an important romance, so I see no choice but to let some readers avoid the story because they don’t want to read a romance and then disappoint other readers because the story turns out to contain SOME romance, but not the one they may expect from the back cover. Any ideas about that? I don’t suppose there some standard code phrase for “not a romance” that I haven’t ever noticed? I could mention that Daniel is middle-aged; I could even mention that Tenai is over four hundred years old; but neither of those factors says “Also, they do not have a romance.”