I didn't go for a What If? question based on my book, since it's not really that kind of story. Instead, I focused on what it's been like getting The Viper and the Urchin ready for release. I keep asking myself all sorts of very negative questions, like "What if people hate the book?", or "What if people think I'm a terrible writer?", or "What if the book flops, will people I know judge me for it?" but in fact people's reactions so far have been very positive.
What if you could know what everyone thinks of you? Do you think it would be as bad as what those little voices in your head say? Or would it actually be far more positive than you'd expect? Would it make life easier or unbearable?
Being Damsport’s most elegant assassin is hard work. There’s tailoring to consider, devilish poisons to concoct, secret identities to maintain… But most importantly, Longinus has to keep his fear of blood hidden or his reputation will be ruined. So, when a scrawny urchin girl threatens to expose his phobia unless he teaches her swordsmanship, he has no choice but to comply.
It doesn't take long for Rory to realise that her new trainer has more eccentricities than she has fleas. But she'll put up with anything, no matter how frustrating, to become a swordswoman like her childhood hero.
What she’s not prepared for is a copycat assassin who seeks to replace Longinus, and who hires Rory’s old partner in crime to do away with her, as well. Rory and Longinus must set their differences aside and try to work together if they're to stop the copycat. But darker forces than they realise are at play, and with time running out, the unlikely duo find themselves the last line of defence against a powerful enemy who seeks to bring Damsport to its knees.
About the Author:
Celine Jeanjean is French, grew up in the UK and now lives in Hong Kong. That makes her a tad confused about where she is from. During her time in Asia she's watched the sun rise over Angkor Wat, lost her shoes in Vietnam, and fallen off a bamboo raft in China.
Celine writes stories that feature quirky characters and misfits, and her books are a mix of steampunk, mystery and humour.