Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Cover reveal AND a title reveal.

After reviewing all the possibles on the short list for a title for this second book in the EASTERN SIERRA BRIDES 1884 series, I decided on A Resurrected Heart.

Livia at Prairie Rose Publications did it again with a beautiful cover. That picture of Mount Scowden behind the current fishing resort of Lundy is mine, but she combined it with a beautiful blue sky that set off the blue signature banner with the images of my main characters, Val and Beth. (Trust me, that wimpy late winter sky in my original photo was nothing to write home about.) I  also love how she used the clouds as a backdrop for the series title.

Livia must have had the cover pretty much already worked up while we were debating about the title. Cheryl and I no sooner decided on the name, A Resurrected Heart, and within 24 hours I had this in my email inbox.

The tag line is:  A march, a birth, a burial -- and a resurrection of her heart.

I love it! 

This novella is scheduled to be released sometime in April.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Not So Short List

Thanks for all who helped me come up with ideas for the title for the second novella in the EASTERN SIERRA BRIDES 1884 series. There were a lot of great suggestions. I paid attention to those titles suggested by more than one person. Here are the ones that made the not so short list:
  • Resurrection of the Heart
  • Love Resurrected
  • Resurrection of Love
  • Resurrected Heart
  • A Resurrected  Heart

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Need Help! I'm Stumped On a Title

Lundy Lake in February 2015
Well, this is a mixed blessing! I sold my book but not the title. My publisher wants a title that speaks romance.


I need some brainstorming assistance to come up with an effective historical western romance title for my second novella in the EASTERN SIERRA BRIDES 1884 series.

 I came up with my working title because my story is set in the spring in Lundy, a defunct gold mining town in the eastern Sierra-Nevada Mountains. It is about an actual event that took place there in 1884 that was called "Resurrection Day." My logical mind came up with Lundy Resurrection Day. Makes sense, right?

However, I will be the first to admit that the title, Lundy Resurrection Day, does not scream "ROMANCE."

Available on Kindle and Nook.

The first book in the EASTERN SIERRA BRIDES 1884 series is Big Meadows Valentine. For this second book cover, I would like to continue with the heart banner on top and the chicken motif, but that is up to Livia, my cover designer. I also have a few photos of the area for her to consider for a cover background.

Anyway, my publisher and I agree that because of the theme that runs through the story, "resurrection" or possibly "resurrected" or "resurrect" must be included in the title.

Some things to consider regarding the storyline:
  • It includes the continuing romance between Beth Dodd and Val Caldwell.
  • The story has nothing to do with Easter or the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • Beth has already agreed Val may call her by her first name and officially court her, but she  still is not sure she wants to remarry or she can love enough to be a good wife.
  • Val believes her reluctance is based on a lack of trust, not a lack of love.
  • This is a sweet romance.
  • The tentative tag line for the cover is "A parade, a birth, a burial and a resurrection of her heart."
Whether you respond by leaving a comment on this blog, on Facebook or on a Yahoo group, any and all suggestions for a title for this story that screams "ROMANCE" will be greatly appreciated.

Robyn Echols writing historical romance as Zina Abbott