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Friday, August 24, 2012

Titles On The Brain

I've just finished writing my first short story entitled (and I kid you not), Seduction of the Billionaire Playboy Actor. Very Harlequiney, no?

Seriously, I adore everything about titles. Coming up with one, playing around with one and learning my friends latest ones. In fact my fellow Lady Scribes have fabulous titles for their novels and they're not the only ones.

Here are some of my favorites:




When only one word will do.



Perfect, no?


 
A longer title to give the h/h time to ah..undress.




Since Harlequin inspired this post, here are some of my favorite titles:

  • The Greek's Christmas Baby
  • A Passionate Marriage (Hot-Blooded Husbands, #4)
  • Bought: The Greek's Innocent Virgin
  • The Sheikh's Impatient Virgin
  • Blackmailed by Diamonds, Bound by Marriage (A Mediterranean  Marriage)
  • The Desert King's Pregnant Bride



How could you not want to read those? Really, I lurve those titles. A great title and fabulous cover will make me buy every time. 



So, dear readers, what's your favorite title? And can a title help or hinder while you're browsing?












34 comments:

  1. Marquita,
    I love to come up with titles, too, but I'm the absolute worst are remembering titles of the books I read. I can usually tell you the plot if I like the book, but often I couldn't tell you the title if my life depended on it. That being said, I think my all time favorite is "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." I know it's not a romance, but this title sticks out in my mind.

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    1. LOL! That happens to me a lot,too, Samantha. That's a great time, book and movie, ;). One my favs in women's fiction is Practical Magic.

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  2. I love good titles. I've got some I haven't shared yet that I am in LURVE with, for an upcoming series. For me, it's all about brevity, or a play on words, or something like that.

    Not a book, but a movie, whose title I love is the most recent Disney animated film, Brave. It's perfection, and it is a single word. Very easy to remember, and it evokes what you'll find inside. A longer title that really works for me is A Rogue By Any Other Name, by Sarah MacLean. It isn't as long as the titles of her first series, but it is perfect in that it keeps a phrase we all know from Shakespeare, but turns it on its head a bit.

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    1. I cannot wait for you to share, Catherine!

      And Brave was perfect. Also Wall-e was a good one, too. Disney usually does a good job with titles. :)

      Have you heard the title of her next book: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover . AWESOME!

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    2. Totally agree, Cat! A play on words is my most favorite. There's something about a tongue-in-cheek title that makes me smile and remember it.

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    3. I have heard that one, Marquita, and it is brilliant! And Ava, that's precisely why I like them. I always remember them, when they're a little sly with the wording. :)

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  3. Ugh - titles. I'm still smarting about having to change the title for book 2. In my mind, it will always for Tempting Lord Raleigh!

    As for my favorites, I love Deb's Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick!

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    1. Oh noes, Erin! Tempting Lord Raleigh is so very tempting, lol!
      Yes, loved the title and the book. Naughty Deb and Miss Hardwick! :)

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    2. I've known your second book as TLR for so long, I still have to make myself stop and think about what the new title is. LOL.

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  4. I love titles, too! And I'm with you on a good title and good cover making me want to buy a book. My all time favorit title is MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL. I didn't even need to see the cover to know I wanted to read that book.

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    1. Yes, yes and yes, Julie. That title still gives me goosebumps because it is so evocative. BUY, BUY, BUY! ;)

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    2. I love, love, love Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Great book. Great movie. Fantastic soundtrack. And you're right, it is an amazing title.

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    3. Awesome book! I'm surprised you like the movie, Cat. I was not a fan. And I ADORE Kevin Spacey. But I was still not a fan of that movie.

      The book, however, was genius.

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    4. I loved the movie BIG FISH. The book-not so much, but it might have been because I read it *after* I watched the movie.

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    5. Thanks for the tip. I've only seen the movie - which was excellent. Though I cried and cried and cried. AND I do not wear puffy eyes well. ;) But if the book isn't as good, I won't waste my precious time.

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    6. It is a very slow-paced movie, as are all of the movies Clint Eastwood directs. But it is the perfect pace for the subject matter, IMO, and it was filmed beautifully. And there are so many touches in the movie that, unless you know the story behind the story, you don't necessarily notice. Like the music, for example--since the murder took place at Mercer House, which was Johnny Mercer's home, all of the music used in the film is Johnny Mercer music. So I love the movie because of those sorts of things. :)

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  5. I love Elizabeth Peter's The Last Camel Died at Noon. And Piers Anthony's pun titles. Crewel Lye and Isle of View, etc.

    I think some of the HQ Presents titles are hysterical, but you know what you are getting!

    Thanks for the Miss Hardwick shout out. I loved that one too!

    But we all know how I feel about puncuation in a title. :-)

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    1. Those are great, Deb. What's wrong with punctuation in a title? ;p

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  6. Marquita ~ It's been such a long week and so very busy after my vacation. My mind is mush. I *know* there are titles out there I like, but none NONE are popping to mind. BAD titles are popping to mind, but I wouldn't feel right listing those. That feels kind of mean. ;)

    So since, I'm intimately familiar with Lydia Dare's titles, and think the ones *I* came up with are pretty good, I'll throw those out. (I mean, of course, they're good, I came up with them, right? And - yes - being a diva is hard work. LOL) I have always loved THE WOLF NEXT DOOR, and IT HAPPENED ONE BITE and THE WOLF WHO LOVED ME. Of all of our titles, those three are my favorite.

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    1. LOL! Bad can be good Ava! ;)

      I love those titles (and books, of course)! And I think that at least one of your future titles *should* have DIVA in it. ;)

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    2. Alas, I don't think DIVA sounds very Regency. ;) LOL

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  7. Marquita, I feel like such a yutz, but my brain must be wired different (no comments, please), but I rarely notice titles--the covers are what stick in my head--the colors, the people, the background. Love it! It never occurred to me to have fun with titles until you started throwing some clever ones around. I'm such a slacker. ;}

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    1. Andris, I love coming up with titles. It's so much fun! But covers are important, because you can have the most clever title ever but if the cover is off-putting...well, ugh.

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  8. I think titles are important and I like it when they make me smile. One of my all-time favorites is "A Hellion in Her Bed" by Sabrina Jeffries. I have that book on my desk and every time I see it I smile.

    I also like for titles to make sense. If at the end of the book, I don't understand why the book was named what it was, I feel a little let down. But it doesn't stop me from reading the author's next book or singing her praises if I liked the book. I figure I can cut authors a little slack since I couldn't write a book if my life depended on it much less come up with a good title! : )

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    1. MK ~ Sabrina had playing card with that cover on them a while back. When I had some people over to play poker, I pulled out the "Hellion in Her Bed" cards. One of the guys refused to even touch them. He was beyond mortified.

      *I* thought it was hilarious. ;)

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    2. It does seem a little silly to have a title that doesn't fit in with the story, MK. But most of the time I'm okay with it and don't even notice. ;)

      You are too funny. Thanks for supporting your favorite authors. I know they appreciate it. :D

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  9. Marquita I love titles! I have so much fun coming in with some new ones. Our very own Catherine Gayle came up with one that absolutely love but I think she's in the midst of writing it so I won't spoil it for her. But it's brilliant!

    I loved Samantha's original title for her book Ruination of a Rake but sadly, the publisher changed it. I mourned for that title lol. It just fit her story so well. I like her new titles just as much but I dunno, I remember thinking how awesome that title was. Ahh well, such is life.

    Hmm other great titles I think are: The Iron Rose by Marsha Canham, Ravished by Amanda Quick, James Rollin's Amazonia (awesome action packed adventure btw) and who can forget Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey. I mean the Malory brothers are pretty unforgettable. I know there are so many more but I can't think of any atm.

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    1. If I'm thinking of the one you're thinking of, then yes, it is still in progress. :) And I haven't revealed anything about it yet. Soon.

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  10. I HATE coming up with titles. Take my current WIP - It's working title is Amends of Shade and Sunlight. I love this title. I've been told no one will know what Amends means. Shade and Sunlight represent my hero and heroine. He is a fairy death spirit and she is a changeling fire fae.

    My hero has to make amends for a great wrong and my heroine has to go on several quests to fullfill debts incurred by her dead parents. I thought amends fit well for both. Sigh. No one else seems to like it and for the life of me, I haven't been able to brainstorm any new ideas.

    I like titles that make a play on song or movie titles. I can't say I enjoy the Harlequinish titles but you know what you get with them so in a way they work.


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    1. Sophia Barnes has titles like that, Beth. Very Cute for Historicals. :) Good luck on brainstorming. :)

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  11. i'm not give too much attention with the tittle, usually i'm prefer with the cover book :D

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    1. The cover is (usually) the first thing that catches the eye, Eli. :) So very understandable that you prefer covers over titles. :)

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