My novel is a three-volume historical fiction set in Medieval England (the 13th century).
(Because it is, indeed, still “in-progress”, and because I’m superstitious, at least in part, I’m not ready to share the title yet, even though I’m fairly certain I won’t change it.)
In 13th century England, a low-ranked lady with shrewd political and household management skills takes a secret job helping a baron smooth his succession so she can escape her abusive father and secure a husband.
Women’s fiction; political; slight hints of fantasy (related to the unnatural phenomena people believed in during the medieval times); not a capital-R Romance novel, although it does contain some romantic elements
The first draft of all three books is complete. I’m currently revising the first book in preparation for future submission.
The Hostage, by Edmund Leighton (1852-1922). Not the eponymous subject of the painting itself, but rather the woman in the background with her head covered; the one staring directly at the viewer.