Technically, I began work on book 3 of The Gael Saga yesterday, but I’m only just now getting around to announcing it here on the blog. Never the less, here’s some details to keep in mind.
Book 3’s current working title is The Hood and The Heroine. On one hand, don’t expect that title to stick. On the other hand, don’t be surprised if, despite my recommendation, the title ends up sticking.
I have a bit of a habit of coming up with a working title, looking over my completed manuscript, and deciding that in the end, the working title is good enough to stay. Lifers Wear Orange was originally a placeholder title till I came up with something better. I was reluctant to keep the title at first, because it sounded too much like Orange is the New Black: a pretty good autobiographical book about what it was like to spend a year in a women’s prison that eventually got adapted into a Netflix show I gave up on the very moment I saw the “I miss the misery” angle coming down the hall. After some time, though, it ended up sticking.
Some of the titles I have for book 3 are as follows:
A. The Hood and the Heroine.
B. The Diamond Club.
C. The Gael Army.
D. Diamond is Forever.
E. The War of Five Kings.
SPOILER: The Diamond Club is a new faction that’ll be making its debut in book 3 of The Gael Saga . The Gael Army was introduced in book 2, but will ultimately play more of a role in book 3. Apparently, here in the notepad in my head, Diamond is Forever is a sort of catchphrase the leader of The Diamond Club has for herself, but I’ve already dismissed this as a title. Frankly, I’m thinking of not using that, period.
Naming the book after either The Diamond Club, or The Gael Army seems like the wrong way to go. I like The Hood and the Heroine thus far, because a large portion of the book deals with the interactions/fights between Gael and The Blue Hood. Also, while The War of Five Kings is based on a quote Dan Adelson makes in his first chapter, I have a feeling George R. R. Martin is probably going to sue me over it. Though none of HIS books are called that, that’s ultimately what the war throughout A Song of Ice and Fire is called. I don’t know, maybe I’m thinking too hard about all that. I’ve only got about a chapter and a half down as of this blog post, so it’s possible I won’t use ANY of these titles.
I look forward to getting this book done with. I was originally planning on ending this series on book 3… Although at the time I’m writing this, I’m really liking the concepts going into The Diamond Club. If I end up deciding on a book 4, try not to be too surprised. Don’t count on it, but don’t be too surprised.
That’s all the news I really have for now. Stay tuned for more TJB flavored goodness!