Finally, I have sent off the third instalment of The Richard Davey Chronicles to my publisher - James Essinger at The Conrad Press. He read it and told me it was an 'almost flawless book'. He also agreed with my wife, Helen, that is the best in the series (so far). I was, of course, delighted.
I was also relieved because it has taken a long time to settle on a title for this one. I knew I wanted Richard in the title, as he develops a lot during the book. I also wanted to stick with my signature alliteration for the titles in this series. But I went through dozens of possibilities without feeling any of them really fitted.
And then it came to me. In the first book, he needs Napoleon to start living (albeit in the past). In the second book, he switches allegiances to serve Shaka (but Napoleon is also drawn into Shaka's court). So, what is the theme of the third book? Well, it sees Richard accepting 'when' he is living and embracing the opportunities on offer. To some extent he is rescuing himself, with the help of his changed circumstances.
If you want to know more, Rescuing Richard is scheduled for publication in September or October 2022.