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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Help with a title

Update: Thanks to everyone who provided suggestions for the title of the next Guardians book. While I received some excellent suggestions, I've decided to go with one I came up with myself: Echoes in the Dark. (Or Darkness--haven't quite chosen which one yet.) Even though I didn't pick any of your titles, the influx of ideas really helped me come up with the one I did select, so I'm going to randomly draw from the commenters and the winner will receive a set of autographed cover flats.

(I'll pick one winner from MySpace, and one from Blogger. If you're using Blogger, look in the comments where I'll announce the winner.)

Thanks again for all your help!
I'm ready to start working on a proposal for a fifth book in the Guardians of the Night series. I know who my hero, heroine, and villain are. I know their back-stories. I have at least a sketchy plot.

What I don't have is a title. And I'm one of those writers who has trouble working on a book without having at least a halfway decent title in mind. So I thought I'd see if anyone has any great ideas that I could use (or that would at least trigger an idea in my own brain). If you propose a title and I choose to use it, I'll send you a $15 gift certificate. Please note that I may not pick a winner on this one if I don't see anything that feels right to me--I've rejected countless of my own titles already, so I'm very picky.

The book is a redemption story, about a Killer who has cured his addiction to the kill and is now trying to be a Guardian. However, he's been a very bad guy for about 600 years, so he has a lot of sins to overcome. The heroine is running from a potential media frenzy if her identity is discovered, because of a very well-publicized family scandal involving her father. Because they both have problematic pasts/identities, they're going to spend a lot of the book lying/covering up the past. (I tell you all this so you can see the basic themes and perhaps come up with a relevant title.)

The previous titles in this series are:
Watchers in the Night
Secrets in the Shadows
Shadows on the Soul
Hungers of the Heart

I would like my new title to follow the same kind of pattern. I look forward to seeing some suggestions!

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At 11:50 AM, Blogger MK Mancos/Kathleen Scott said...

Perils of the Past
Lovers and the Lies
Tempest to the Touch
Redemption in the Air

That's about all that comes to me at the moment. Good luck.

-Mystic Kat (from Romance Divas)

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Nell said...

Undercover of the night.
A past in shadows.
Those are my two best tries, hope you find a title.

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Bookstoredeb said...

Redeeming Secrets
Secrets of the Soul
When Bad turns Good
Redeeming the Soul

I'm terrible at this. lol Look forward to whatever title you pick and another new book!

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Jennifer Lewis said...

Deceptions in the Dark
Whispers from the Past
Whispers in the Dark

I tried!


At 12:47 PM, Blogger Eden Bradley said...

Hi Jenna-
Okay, not sure if any of these are any good, but here goes:
Redeemed by the Dark
Redeemed by/in the Night
Redemption in the Dark
Hidden by the Dark
Heart of the Night
Running in the Dark
Penance in the Dark
Twilight of the Heart
In the Midnight Hour
Sins in the Dark

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Kalayna-Nicole Price said...

I'll probably come up with better one's later, but here are the first few that popped into my head:

-Deceptions in the Dark
-Solitude of the Mind
-Penance of the Soul
-Loneliness of deception
-Lies of the heart
-Shadows of the conscience
-Obscurity of the Shadows

(lol...I messed up the word ver and found out some of these were already mentioned..oh well!)

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Sonja Foust said...

Ooh Eden took mine. ;-) I was going to say Sins in the Darkness. But my favorite out of your comments so far is Deceptions in the Dark.

At 1:35 PM, Blogger Marc Vun Kannon said...

Dying with the Light

At 2:17 PM, Blogger Leila Brown said...

Sins of the Past
Sins of the Soul
Salvation from the Past
Salvage of the Soul
Redeemers of the Darkness
Redeemers of the Soul

LOL. :>

At 7:26 PM, Blogger Lis said...

Lies in the Dark
Lies in the Shadows
Dark Secrets of the soul

That's all i can think of off the top of my head :)

At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Desire of the Flesh
Sentinel of the Sins
Cravings of the Mighty
Spelling of the Dreams
Heartbeat of the Thirst
Protection of the Hidden

J. Ruschhaupt

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Jenna Black said...

Jennifer Lewis: You're my random winner of the cover flats. Please give me your name and mailing address. You can leave them in a comment--I just won't publish that comment--or you can email me at

Thanks for the great suggestions--I almost chose one of yours, but then this other one popped into my head.


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