It is with great pleasure that I announce the new title of my debut historical mystery:


Formerly known as Diary of Bedlam, MISTRESS OF FORTUNE will be released by Harlequin’s Carina Press in February 2014.

I’ll confess that I had a few bittersweet tears in my eyes when I replaced Diary of Bedlam with MISTRESS OF FORTUNE. I’d lived with that title for so long–five years–it had almost become a part of my own identity. But they weren’t tears of sadness, they were more like tears of victory. I was in the process of approving the final copy edits on the manuscript and replacing the title felt like the symbolic cherry on top. The incredibly long journey of writing my debut novel was finally over when I hit the send button yesterday, new title and all.

It felt good.

My editor sent me the final edited copy of MISTRESS OF FORTUNE, the version that will go into production, this morning. It’s an understatement to say that I’m proud of this novel. I love it so much that I can hardly believe I’m the one who wrote it.

Whew. Now I’m sniffling again.

As I work toward completing the second book in the series, Mistress of Lies, I wonder if I’ll be able to do the first novel justice. It seems a daunting task at the moment. But one thing’s certain, after reading through the final version of MISTRESS OF FORTUNE, I know I have it in me.

Who knew?

Read the first chapter of MISTRESS OF FORTUNE by Holly West

6 Replies to “Houston, We’ve Got a Title”

    1. Holly West says: August 10, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Thank you so much, Erik!

  1. Jeannie Ruesch says: August 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Love the new title! Congrats! 🙂

    1. Holly West says: August 10, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Thank you, Jeannie! Did you announce your title yet?

  2. Jayne Siroshton says: August 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Holly how brilliant!!! I’m SO happy for you what an amazing accomplishment! I can’t wait to buy a copy, I hope the printed word is not yet dead as I don’t own a kindle but this may be the excuse I have been waiting for 🙂

    1. Holly West says: August 10, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Jayne, thank you! The printed word will never be dead, but I do know of several great authors who’ve recently taken digital deals. I love my Kindle paperwhite, but you could also consider buying the Kobo, which would allow you to continue supporting independent bookstores if that’s important to you. 🙂

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