Tuesday, February 12, 2013


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By Barbara Elsborg
Yes, titles and not titels as I first typed it. I have problems with them. I can’t start writing until I’ve fixed on one and I can’t make the story work until I’ve fixed on the right one. I suspect a lot of authors are the same.

It seems like a good idea to choose a title no one else has used but not that easy with romance books. Mackerchar’s ‘The Romance of Leprosy’ lacks that something – probably dropped off. Opps. Sorry.

Pick a title with zing! Not like Rossi’s ‘The Sex Life of the Foot and Shoe.’ Which I suspect is not sexy at all.

Choose something that appeals. Unlike Joseph’s ‘A Letter to the Man who Killed my Dog.’ That doesn’t sound like it has a happy ending.

I found one I like the sound of – Simpson’s ‘Cannibalism and the Common Law: A Victorian Yachting Tragedy.’ Oh and ‘Defensive tactics with Flashlights’ by Peters Jnr. I wonder who he was defending himself against.

I don’t know how other authors come up with their titles but I find listening to lyrics helps. Robbie William’s in particular. If that fails, I just ask my crit partner and she comes up with something. Thanks, Arlene!

But ‘The Princess and the Prepper’ – was a title given to me by Decadent and what a pleasure it was to run with it. No struggling for days to come up with the perfect phrase. The title says it all.

Lili knows she shouldn’t accept a lift from a stranger, but as usual, she leaps from one disaster to another. The consequence is being stuck in the middle of a snowy nowhere wearing next to nothing, and this time, being unprepared looks likely to kill her.

Grant lives in an isolated cabin for a reason. He’s prepared for almost every eventuality. The last thing he wants is some needy person interfering with his ordered life. When he gets into bed with a woman he rescued from certain death—just to warm her up, of course—Grant discovers something else he’s not prepared for. His heart opening.

A match made in heaven, until secrets come knocking. Lili is not just a simple woman in need of shelter, and unless she can survive dealing with her background, it doesn’t seem possible the happiness that’s fallen out of a blizzard can heal Grant’s own past.

For one lucky commentor who can tell me a title they love or hate – I offer an ecopy of the Princess and the Prepper – or any other of my Decadent books.

P.S. Those books I’ve mentioned are real books!


Susan W. said...

Watchers by Dean Koontz is my favorite title because it discribes what the characters do. They watch out for each other. Including (or specifically) the dog. It's a thriller with horror and romantic elements. Love it!

Barbara Elsborg said...

It is a great title and a great book. I've read all his!! Thanks for commenting, Susan.

Arlene said...

I get stuck on names. Everthing stays blank or halts until I have one, and if you, Barbara, critique partner extrodinaire point out every name starts with J, for example, after changing the name I still think of the character by the orginal.
I did write a short where I was under time pressure so I called the heroine blah-blah. Her name ended up Blanche. Princess and the Prepper is a great title and wow!! does the story do it justice.

Barbara Elsborg said...

Thanks, Arlene!!

Barbara Elsborg said...

Okay, Suz - you win. I'll email you!