What’s in a Name?
By far my favorite thing about writing a book is choosing a title. Probably because I have a short attention span and this allows me to use my powers of random thought syndrome for good. For the most part my titles come from offbeat or odd sources. Everything has the potential for a title.
With my newest release, Suddenly Beautiful, I found the title from a Groupon for a spa. The second I saw the name of the salon I knew it was perfect for my book. After all, my hero hasn’t noticed his efficient assistant until he drinks a bottle of Ambrosia (he’s a demi-god in case you didn’t know) and suddenly Nikki, his assistant, is beautiful. Perfect.
Before I’d decided on Suddenly Beautiful, I called the book Forget Me Not. I cringed every time I said the title. It just wasn’t right. Maybe it was too kitschy or corny. I’m not sure, but I knew eventually I’d change it.
When the first book of my Bringer and the Bane series released, I called it Resurrection. My plan had been to do R-words for the each book in the series. Redemption, Retribution. I needed five titles and the last two were getting difficult to figure out. What captured the essence of the book but still started with an R?
My publisher solved that dilemma by reediting, recovering, and retitling the first book, which once again sent me into titling mode. After much thought I came up with a pattern. Blank of Blank. The first book was fairly easy. Shield of Fire. My hero is what’s called a Bringer Shield so it made sense. The second book’s title came fairly easily as well. Kiss of the Betrayer. To the point and I liked that there were several betrayers in the story. Book three through five were a little more difficult, but I ended up with titles that sound good together and touch on part of the plot—Chain of Illusions, Echoes of Ice, and for the big finale, Throne of Bones. I was pleased.
When it comes to titling books, everything from songs to tampon commercials have the potential to spur my creative naming ninja. Now, if only I could make a living from it.
Here’s a short excerpt from Suddenly Beautiful:
Being the son of Aphrodite isn’t a walk in the clouds. Rebelling against his demi-god status, billionaire make-up mogul Toraos Stephanos fights to separate his personal life and the immortal world by swearing off demi-god girlfriends forever. Too bad his newest employee can’t take the hint.
Though Nikki secretly pines for her smoking hot boss, no way will she jeopardize her job and independence professing her love to a guy so clearly out of her league. Too bad that leaves her with only imagining him naked and thinking evil thoughts about the new girl.
After a single bottle of Ambrosia and one night of passion… Nikki finally thinks she has a chance with the man of her dreams. But the next morning, Tor pretends like nothing happened, leaving Nikki with an emerging drive for combat—after all, turns out she is the daughter of Ares and she’s about to make her mama proud.
All is fair in love and war… and Nikki’s not about to let anyone forget it.
As a multi-published and an award winning author, Boone’s writing drips with experiences from real life. Addicted to anything that might make a good story, she weaves tales that range from dark fantasy to humorous romance. Settled in the icy regions of Alaska with the love of her life and twin daughters, it’s not uncommon to find her tapping away on her iPad on a windy beach or the barren tundra. Be warned, anyone and everything is fodder for one of Boone’s novels.