As so often happens, when I get to the final stages of making the cover, someone objects to my working title. In this case, there aren’t enough pirates in my story. [ insert Monte Python skit--I'd like a piece without so much rat in it, please.] I don’t want to lure people in with a great cover and blurb only to have them disappointed. Here are the top five names:
+ Dance of the Virgins : a definite central theme of the story, a good lure, but it may not say epic fantasy or sequel.
+ A Few Miracles More : funny reference to the emperor’s main weapon and Tashi’s gunslinger-like battles. Says sequel. May be too flippant.
+ Queen of Dreams : could reference any one of three women in both threads. Ties in to previous titles and themes. Solid but a bit generic.
+ The Way of Water : loosely covers both threads. May be too vague and Daoist. May grab the wrong audience.
+ How to Marry an Emperor : sheer funny. Only covers part of the story, but I think it would get the right audience.