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.

HELP!

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."

http://www.amazon.com/Meadows-Valentine-Eastern-Sierra-Brides-ebook/dp/B00T0BJ768/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
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









9 comments:

  1. Resurrection of the Heart.
    Good luck with the best title.

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    1. Thanks, Celia. Your suggestion is close to one I came up with, but I'm too close to things to know if it is a good choice. Your title is on my short list, for sure.

      Robyn

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  2. Love Resurrected or Resurrection of Love
    Best on the perfect title

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    1. Thanks, Doris. I tend to favor Love Resurrected over the other -- more of an action title -- but both are good. I will put Love Resurrected on my short list.

      Robyn

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  3. Resurrection of the Heart or Love Resurrected are both good!

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    1. Thank you, Kristy. I had also thought of Resurrection of the Heart. I'm not sure if Love Resurrected will fit as well with this story, but I will think on it. I appreciate your suggestions.

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  4. Resurrected Hearts or Hearts of Resurrection... best wishes in finding the perfect title.

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    1. Thank you, Shanna. I like Resurrected Heart -- singular. There is only one heart that needs to be resurrected. I will put that on my short list. I probably prefer that over Hearts of Resurrection. I appreciate your suggestions.

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  5. I agree with Celia. I like Resurrection of the Heart. Hope it will just hit you and all will be well.

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