I just got the second proof copy of the Print-on-Demand version of Lady Dearing’s Masquerade. The first copy had a few problems, which I’ve fixed and this copy looks great! Even though I believe e-books are real books, having a copy I can hold in my hands is still really, really cool.
So now I am looking at this proof copy. Susanna’s post last week, Trouble with Titles reminded me of how I’ve been struggling with a title for my balloonist story. The connection: I’d be delighted to give away this copy in exchange for some help brainstorming.
Note: this is just brainstorming–I’m going to pick a winner at random, not based on who gives the best title advice. I won’t necessarily use any of the names we come up with. I still have a few months’ work to finish the story, so the Perfect Title Fairy might still deliver.
Just tell me what you think of my ideas so far and let me know if any new ones come to you.
To give you an idea of the story, here’s the tiny blurb I currently have up on my website, which sounds kind of trite (quick pitches are another thing I struggle with).
My hero, Gil, is a Waterloo veteran turned aeronaut. Not trusting the future, he lives for the moment, while my heroine, Emma, is a village schoolteacher so weighed down by past tragedies she has forgotten how to enjoy life. Together they deal with ghosts from their pasts, a saboteur and a passion that won’t be denied.
My initial working title was Heaven Sent. He crashes into the meadow behind her cottage and changes her life. Clever, huh? Not so much. There are at least eight books on Amazon with that title, mostly romance in various sub-genres but also one book that was religious in nature.
I decided I was not in love with that title anyway.
So I took out my journal and trusty blue gel pen and started brainstorming:
The Angel and the Aeronaut — too traditional Regency! Too much sex in this book for that title.
Then I thought of playing with Flight of …. something. Flight of Fancy? Flight of Passion? But I also found a few books with titles like that.
OK, maybe The Height of something? Folly? Passion? Desire?
Or something to do with rogues–my hero seems like a bit of a rogue and rogues are sexy, right? Rescued by a Rogue? Or does that sound too Regency again?
That’s where my brainstorming petered out. So for the chance to win the final proof copy of Lady Dearing’s Masquerade, let me know what you think of these title ideas. New ideas warmly welcomed!
I’ll announce the winner next Friday.