This week I released the sequel to The First Principle—The Liberation. It is Book Two in my Emancipation Warriors series. I thought it would be fun to share five secrets, but don’t worry—there aren’t any plot spoilers.
- Vivica’s new alias is Fredrica Lloyd, and the name Fredrica means peace. I chose it because the name Vivica means war, and I thought it was appropriate since she joins the Emancipation Warriors, in part, to fight for peace.
- Speaking of names, I had fun with the Emancipation Warriors’ code names. Ophelia’s name is my favorite. (You may remember her from The First Principle.) Ophelia means helper, so I chose Girl Friday for her code name. That term, according to Merriam-Webster, means, “A female assistant entrusted with a wide variety of tasks.” I thought that described Ophelia well.
- The government-sponsored circus is a nod to the Roman poet Juvenal who was known for his satire and coined the term, “panem et circenses,” or bread and circuses. He meant all that was necessary to keep people happy in the Roman Empire was plenty of food and entertainment. Thus, the government had power over the masses because people were satisfied.
- Vivica’s new friend Agatha is the heroine of a novella I’m writing that will give readers a glimpse at her life before she joined the Emancipation Warriors. I’m hoping to release the novella this summer.
- While we’re on the topic of other books, I’m planning a third book to finish the series. It’s two-thirds complete, and the working title is The Pursuit. Like the other two books in the series, the title is a tribute to the unalienable rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” mentioned in the Declaration of Independence.
I hope you enjoyed these five secrets. Click here to learn more about The Liberation.