AAW: The Truth About Book Titles

By Cat 243 DoverMary Jo 

Today’s Ask A Wench answers a recent question from Penney Wilfort: 

“I was wondering about Authors' book titles. I see so many books from different Authors with the same titles. I was wondering if this is breaking a copyright law? Like with crochet patterns, knit patterns. they have so many copyright laws. So I was just wondering about the Authors’ books?”

The simple answer is that titles cannot be copyrighted or trademarked, so there is nothing illegal about having the same title.  (Though any current writer who entitled her book Gone With the Wind would need a sanity check since that title is so identified with Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel.)

But Penney’s question was a good trigger for all kinds of information about book titles from the Wenches, so read on! 

Forbidden--Jo BeverleyJo Beverley:

Titles are important. A great title can hook a reader's interest, but if it doesn't represent something about the book, the reader will feel cheated. Sometimes a title comes to me early, but often one doesn't, which is a shame because a good title can even shape the book a bit. A good title comes naturally out of the book, but then will feed back.

One of my good ones is Something Wicked, which came to me early in the book when Lady Elfled is longing to do something wicked for once. One of the bad ones, in my opinion, is Forbidden. I know I had some ideas that were rejected, in part because one word titles were hot right then. Not only didn't Forbidden have much to do with the book, but there were three other books with that title that year!

The Perfect Rake--Anne GracieAnne Gracie

I think one of the reasons so many titles are similar — or even the same — is that buzz words in the title sell books. So words like "Bride,"  "Wedding"  and so on, will always help the sale of a book.

The other thing is that the title is usually chosen long before a book actually hits the shelves, and sometimes several books with the same or similar titles might be coming out at similar times, but none of the titles are in the system, and by the time the publishers and authors find out about the identical titles, it's too late because the books are printed.

For my first series with Berkley, I named the first book The Perfect Rake and my editor and marketing loved the idea of  "perfect" in the title for all the others in the series, so that was pretty easy. I chose all my titles for that series.

For the next series, they wanted to get away from using the same word in each title, and that's when my experience pretty much merged with everyone else's — I put in a bunch of suggestions, but other titles are decided that vaguely fit the story, and which marketing is enthusiastic about. It's usually a combination of "buzz" words, though the impression they leave doesn't necessarily describe the plot.

So. . . The Stolen Princess (She wasn't stolen — she ran away)      Bride by Mistake, Anne Gracie
His Captive Lady (She wasn't a captive)
To Catch a Bride (He was actually fleeing a bride)
The Accidental Wedding (There was an accident, but the wedding was  deliberate)
Bride by Mistake which was pretty close.

Luckily, the titles and covers are usually finalized before I finish  writing the stories, so if I can, I'll write in some reference to the  title so it almost fits. And while I don't always love the titles, I  do have approval. Mostly I shrug and hope marketing know what they're doing. *g*

Marketing has already dreamed up the titles for my next series without  even knowing the actual stories. The first one is called The Autumn Bride. Expect to see more seasons and brides in the titles to come.

My Lord and Spymaster--Joanna BourneJoanna Bourne

I do remember one title.  It was the second book I had with Berkley.  My working title was Jessamyn, which is the name of the heroine.  I'm not very creative with my working titles, I'm afraid.  

When it came time to Name That Book, I had a number of suggestions.  I mean, I had just a whole raft of wonderful titles, every one more beautiful and appealing than the last.

So the conversation goes something like this:

They say, "How about My Lord and Spymaster?"

"Ummm …"  umms I.  "There isn't a Lord in it anywhere.  It does have a Spymaster, but he plays what might be called a very peripheral role."

"Well …   Marketing really likes this title."

And the rest is history.   

Lady MacbethSusan Fraser King

Most of my book titles are my own, with only a couple so far decided by the editor and/or editorial committee. Titles evolve in discussion, with suggested titles going back and forth between author and editor and committee. Sometimes they're decided and then changed through the months of book production, so that an ARC title may differ from a final book title. Here's an example — the title evolution of Lady Macbeth went something like this:

1. The Last Celtic Queen — my original proposal title. She was exactly that, after all. Following acquisition, my editor reports that editorial committee thinks that's too long and readers won't get it. What else do you have?

2. Lady Macbeth, A Novel – my next suggestion. Editorial committee says, we don't want to mess with "that Scottish play" superstition so we don't want Macbeth on the cover. We'd like something literary and poetic. Whatcha got?

3. Rue of the Sorrows –  a phrase from the book that my editor and editorial committee like a lot. I suggest that the reader won't get it or may even think it's a French setting. This title goes on the ARCs anyway.

4.  Editorial committee decides they don't like Rue of the Sorrows, no one gets it, it sounds French, and now they'd like something that's strong and directly to the point. They suggest Lady Macbeth: A Novel.

Wicked Wyckerley--Pat RicePatricia Rice

I gave up whining about book titles long, long ago. Apparently Indigo Moon was the last title any editor ever liked, and it came out of a phrase I misremembered from The Shrew I put names on my computer files that tell me what book is in them:  California Girl is called "road trip" in my computer,  Merely Magic is "Bewitched." Try finding an old book later with file names like that.

When the Day Arrives and I must title the manuscript, I make suggestions and editorial committees reject them. Editors make suggestions and I gag and am forced to make new suggestions. At some point, I simply give up and concede to whatever doesn't have a million similar titles already on the market and might vaguely resemble the book. But right now, I wish I could invent another "marketable" word for "magic." I'm heartily tired of inventing new ways of using it.

PS: And just as a side note, I just received a note from a reader today that she bought The WIcked Wyckerley because the title was different. (She was rather tired of titles like Twenty-five Reasons Not to Chase a Duke,)

Cara Elliott--Too Tempting to ResistCara Elliott/Andrea Penrose

Oh, don't get me started on titles. (insert long-suffering sigh here) It's not an easy process. I always have a few ideas . . . but they rarely have the editorial cover meeting afire with enthusiasm. A list from on high will then come back, which in turn renders me a little green around the gills. I scribble a few alternatives. Still no joy.

What usually happens is a even shorter list comes back from my editor, accompanied by the statement that "marketing is really excited about these." Which means, "pick one and we're done." So I do. The fact that the choices might not have much in common with the actual story or characters isn't as worrisome to marketing as it is to me. Occasionally, a little whining and sniffling can win a few last tweaks, but for the most part . . . c'est la guerre.

Nicola Cornick--Forbidden, LargeNicola Cornick:

Titles! What a contentious subject that can be. I have lots of good ideas for titles but the marketing people seldom agree with me. Usually what happens is that I labour long and hard over a list of ideas, send it to my editor, a completely different list comes back with suggestions about which marketing are particularly enthusiastic and we settle on a compromise candidate somewhere in the middle.

The last time I got to choose a title for one of my books was for The Confessions of a Duchess three years ago. I have had some beautiful titles although there are a couple of books where the title doesn't bear an enormous resemblance to the story. Mistress by Midnight springs to mind – there were no mistresses and nothing in particular happened at midnight.

I do think that titles can be very influential on whether a reader is intrigued enough to pick up the book so it's important to get the right feel to them. With Forbidden, the title was chosen before I had even started the book, so that gave me a theme to work around(!)

MJP: The fact that Jo also has a Forbidden is another indicator of how the title business works.  Repetitively. <G>
 
Nicola: I'm afraid so. Someone else also had a Mistress By Midnight out at exactly the same time as mine and I've just seen another of my titles repeated this month. I'm with Pat's reader who wants some originality.

Nowhere Near Respectable--MJPMary Jo Putney

My fellow Wenches’ comments pretty much cover the topic of titles!  I’ve been luckier than most in that a good number of my titles are my own, though usually not until much agitas. Sometimes a great title will just pop into my mind.  Other times, we struggle and struggle to find something that’s catchy and appropriate. 

In my current Lost Lords series, I didn't come up with Loving a Lost Lord, , but Never Less Than a Lady, Nowhere Near Respectable, and No Longer a Gentleman are mine.  Nowhere Near Respectable in particular is one that just appeared in my mind.  And then I had to write a book to fit. <G>

It never gets easier because, as Anne says, there are certain key words that say “Romance” (bride, wedding, love) just as there are others that say “Mystery.” (Dead, death, blood.)  The trick is to find a title that reveals the genre, something specific about the book, and is appealing.  Not easy!

I am feeling cautiously optimistic since it looks like the working title of my current book, Sometines a Rogue (September 2013) will be kept.  But I always avoid printing bookmarks as long as possible in case the name gets changed again!

Penney, for your question, you’ll be a book from me.

For everyone else—are there titles that made a book leap into your hands?  Titles so awful that you couldn’t believe they’d made it into print?  And others that are so generic that they make no impression at all?

Here’s a little game from Anne:

Let's have a little straw poll — which book would you buy by title alone — and why?

1) The Bride Wore Black
2) Boots in the Bedroom
3) The Convenient Bride
4)
5)
6)

So what would you put on the list??!

Mary Jo

 

130 thoughts on “AAW: The Truth About Book Titles”

  1. Ha! I’m liking The Bride Wore Black. It makes me think of a very stubborn heroine with a funny bone. It leads me to think there will be humor in that story.
    Not only titles but covers grab me too. Take Susan Fraser King’s Queen Hereafter for example. As soon as I lay eyes on her book it called to a part of me deep within. The title and the cover. The story spoke depths also. I will admit that authors that are new to me are noticed by titles and covers first but as they become known to me and I start to follow their writing, it becomes less of an issue. I end up buying their books because I love their writing style. It’s easier today to find those new to me authors because the interaction through the internet now with blogs and such. I started reading some 20 odd years ago and it began with The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss that a friend had lent me. That got me hooked and I went in search of historical reads. I would go into a book store or used book store and scan titles. Anything that sounded historical to me I looked at and found many a wonderful author that way.

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  2. Ha! I’m liking The Bride Wore Black. It makes me think of a very stubborn heroine with a funny bone. It leads me to think there will be humor in that story.
    Not only titles but covers grab me too. Take Susan Fraser King’s Queen Hereafter for example. As soon as I lay eyes on her book it called to a part of me deep within. The title and the cover. The story spoke depths also. I will admit that authors that are new to me are noticed by titles and covers first but as they become known to me and I start to follow their writing, it becomes less of an issue. I end up buying their books because I love their writing style. It’s easier today to find those new to me authors because the interaction through the internet now with blogs and such. I started reading some 20 odd years ago and it began with The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss that a friend had lent me. That got me hooked and I went in search of historical reads. I would go into a book store or used book store and scan titles. Anything that sounded historical to me I looked at and found many a wonderful author that way.

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  3. Ha! I’m liking The Bride Wore Black. It makes me think of a very stubborn heroine with a funny bone. It leads me to think there will be humor in that story.
    Not only titles but covers grab me too. Take Susan Fraser King’s Queen Hereafter for example. As soon as I lay eyes on her book it called to a part of me deep within. The title and the cover. The story spoke depths also. I will admit that authors that are new to me are noticed by titles and covers first but as they become known to me and I start to follow their writing, it becomes less of an issue. I end up buying their books because I love their writing style. It’s easier today to find those new to me authors because the interaction through the internet now with blogs and such. I started reading some 20 odd years ago and it began with The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss that a friend had lent me. That got me hooked and I went in search of historical reads. I would go into a book store or used book store and scan titles. Anything that sounded historical to me I looked at and found many a wonderful author that way.

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  4. Ha! I’m liking The Bride Wore Black. It makes me think of a very stubborn heroine with a funny bone. It leads me to think there will be humor in that story.
    Not only titles but covers grab me too. Take Susan Fraser King’s Queen Hereafter for example. As soon as I lay eyes on her book it called to a part of me deep within. The title and the cover. The story spoke depths also. I will admit that authors that are new to me are noticed by titles and covers first but as they become known to me and I start to follow their writing, it becomes less of an issue. I end up buying their books because I love their writing style. It’s easier today to find those new to me authors because the interaction through the internet now with blogs and such. I started reading some 20 odd years ago and it began with The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss that a friend had lent me. That got me hooked and I went in search of historical reads. I would go into a book store or used book store and scan titles. Anything that sounded historical to me I looked at and found many a wonderful author that way.

    Reply
  5. Ha! I’m liking The Bride Wore Black. It makes me think of a very stubborn heroine with a funny bone. It leads me to think there will be humor in that story.
    Not only titles but covers grab me too. Take Susan Fraser King’s Queen Hereafter for example. As soon as I lay eyes on her book it called to a part of me deep within. The title and the cover. The story spoke depths also. I will admit that authors that are new to me are noticed by titles and covers first but as they become known to me and I start to follow their writing, it becomes less of an issue. I end up buying their books because I love their writing style. It’s easier today to find those new to me authors because the interaction through the internet now with blogs and such. I started reading some 20 odd years ago and it began with The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss that a friend had lent me. That got me hooked and I went in search of historical reads. I would go into a book store or used book store and scan titles. Anything that sounded historical to me I looked at and found many a wonderful author that way.

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  6. The similarity in titles is one of the reasons why I always try to read a blurb or synopsis of the book — that and look at the date published…
    can you tell I’ve bought the same book twice a couple of times….

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  7. The similarity in titles is one of the reasons why I always try to read a blurb or synopsis of the book — that and look at the date published…
    can you tell I’ve bought the same book twice a couple of times….

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  8. The similarity in titles is one of the reasons why I always try to read a blurb or synopsis of the book — that and look at the date published…
    can you tell I’ve bought the same book twice a couple of times….

    Reply
  9. The similarity in titles is one of the reasons why I always try to read a blurb or synopsis of the book — that and look at the date published…
    can you tell I’ve bought the same book twice a couple of times….

    Reply
  10. The similarity in titles is one of the reasons why I always try to read a blurb or synopsis of the book — that and look at the date published…
    can you tell I’ve bought the same book twice a couple of times….

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  11. Just on a side note here…..
    Susan Fraser King, I was wondering if you received my e-mail to you about my thoughts on Queen Hereafter. I found it such a moving read and just wanted to make sure that you knew my thoughts and appreciation of your work. I feel it is so important to let authors know that what they do is greatly appreciated and didn’t want you to miss that.

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  12. Just on a side note here…..
    Susan Fraser King, I was wondering if you received my e-mail to you about my thoughts on Queen Hereafter. I found it such a moving read and just wanted to make sure that you knew my thoughts and appreciation of your work. I feel it is so important to let authors know that what they do is greatly appreciated and didn’t want you to miss that.

    Reply
  13. Just on a side note here…..
    Susan Fraser King, I was wondering if you received my e-mail to you about my thoughts on Queen Hereafter. I found it such a moving read and just wanted to make sure that you knew my thoughts and appreciation of your work. I feel it is so important to let authors know that what they do is greatly appreciated and didn’t want you to miss that.

    Reply
  14. Just on a side note here…..
    Susan Fraser King, I was wondering if you received my e-mail to you about my thoughts on Queen Hereafter. I found it such a moving read and just wanted to make sure that you knew my thoughts and appreciation of your work. I feel it is so important to let authors know that what they do is greatly appreciated and didn’t want you to miss that.

    Reply
  15. Just on a side note here…..
    Susan Fraser King, I was wondering if you received my e-mail to you about my thoughts on Queen Hereafter. I found it such a moving read and just wanted to make sure that you knew my thoughts and appreciation of your work. I feel it is so important to let authors know that what they do is greatly appreciated and didn’t want you to miss that.

    Reply
  16. The other day I picked up an old regency called The Duke’s Mistress and the title alone was such a cliche compendium that I set it aside. I understand that it may be a good story, which is probably why I acquired it in the first place, and eventually I will probably go back to it. I know you can’t judge a book by its title OR its cover, but some days I’m just not strong enough 🙁
    If I NEVER see another regency with Duke, Mistress, Regency, Earl, Rogue, Courtesan, Lord, Viscount, Marquess, Hoyden, Bride, Rake or Seduction in the title, it’ll be too soon. None of those words ever made me buy a book anyway.

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  17. The other day I picked up an old regency called The Duke’s Mistress and the title alone was such a cliche compendium that I set it aside. I understand that it may be a good story, which is probably why I acquired it in the first place, and eventually I will probably go back to it. I know you can’t judge a book by its title OR its cover, but some days I’m just not strong enough 🙁
    If I NEVER see another regency with Duke, Mistress, Regency, Earl, Rogue, Courtesan, Lord, Viscount, Marquess, Hoyden, Bride, Rake or Seduction in the title, it’ll be too soon. None of those words ever made me buy a book anyway.

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  18. The other day I picked up an old regency called The Duke’s Mistress and the title alone was such a cliche compendium that I set it aside. I understand that it may be a good story, which is probably why I acquired it in the first place, and eventually I will probably go back to it. I know you can’t judge a book by its title OR its cover, but some days I’m just not strong enough 🙁
    If I NEVER see another regency with Duke, Mistress, Regency, Earl, Rogue, Courtesan, Lord, Viscount, Marquess, Hoyden, Bride, Rake or Seduction in the title, it’ll be too soon. None of those words ever made me buy a book anyway.

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  19. The other day I picked up an old regency called The Duke’s Mistress and the title alone was such a cliche compendium that I set it aside. I understand that it may be a good story, which is probably why I acquired it in the first place, and eventually I will probably go back to it. I know you can’t judge a book by its title OR its cover, but some days I’m just not strong enough 🙁
    If I NEVER see another regency with Duke, Mistress, Regency, Earl, Rogue, Courtesan, Lord, Viscount, Marquess, Hoyden, Bride, Rake or Seduction in the title, it’ll be too soon. None of those words ever made me buy a book anyway.

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  20. The other day I picked up an old regency called The Duke’s Mistress and the title alone was such a cliche compendium that I set it aside. I understand that it may be a good story, which is probably why I acquired it in the first place, and eventually I will probably go back to it. I know you can’t judge a book by its title OR its cover, but some days I’m just not strong enough 🙁
    If I NEVER see another regency with Duke, Mistress, Regency, Earl, Rogue, Courtesan, Lord, Viscount, Marquess, Hoyden, Bride, Rake or Seduction in the title, it’ll be too soon. None of those words ever made me buy a book anyway.

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  21. The “key words” actually do help me in choosing books. My main ways of finding new books is to wander through my library or UBS, and seeing certain words (and fonts) will alert me as to what genre a book is. Other than that, I generally don’t pay too much attention to titles. Occasionally, though, I’ll come across an odd title, and then it will have absolutely nothing to do with the story. I just read Candice Proctor’s September Moon, but nothing particularly interesting happened in September, and the moon appeared not at all.
    However, a definite downside to this is trying to remember what books I’ve already read. Just looking in my reading log for the past couple months I have Countess of Scandal (Laurel McKee) and A Scandalous Countess (Jo Beverley) and The Pursuit of Pleasure (Elizabeth Essex) and The Perils of Pleasure (Julie Anne Long), just to list a few.
    My sisters and I tend to bandy around titles we’d like to see on books (sort of. Mostly they’re jokes.) The Rakishly Rakish Rake and its sequel, The Roguishly Roguish Rogue, are particular favorites, as are Provocative in Puce, Mesmerizing in Mauve, and Terrific in Taupe. (Slightly) more serious are A Silken Stalking and Mending Breeches.

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  22. The “key words” actually do help me in choosing books. My main ways of finding new books is to wander through my library or UBS, and seeing certain words (and fonts) will alert me as to what genre a book is. Other than that, I generally don’t pay too much attention to titles. Occasionally, though, I’ll come across an odd title, and then it will have absolutely nothing to do with the story. I just read Candice Proctor’s September Moon, but nothing particularly interesting happened in September, and the moon appeared not at all.
    However, a definite downside to this is trying to remember what books I’ve already read. Just looking in my reading log for the past couple months I have Countess of Scandal (Laurel McKee) and A Scandalous Countess (Jo Beverley) and The Pursuit of Pleasure (Elizabeth Essex) and The Perils of Pleasure (Julie Anne Long), just to list a few.
    My sisters and I tend to bandy around titles we’d like to see on books (sort of. Mostly they’re jokes.) The Rakishly Rakish Rake and its sequel, The Roguishly Roguish Rogue, are particular favorites, as are Provocative in Puce, Mesmerizing in Mauve, and Terrific in Taupe. (Slightly) more serious are A Silken Stalking and Mending Breeches.

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  23. The “key words” actually do help me in choosing books. My main ways of finding new books is to wander through my library or UBS, and seeing certain words (and fonts) will alert me as to what genre a book is. Other than that, I generally don’t pay too much attention to titles. Occasionally, though, I’ll come across an odd title, and then it will have absolutely nothing to do with the story. I just read Candice Proctor’s September Moon, but nothing particularly interesting happened in September, and the moon appeared not at all.
    However, a definite downside to this is trying to remember what books I’ve already read. Just looking in my reading log for the past couple months I have Countess of Scandal (Laurel McKee) and A Scandalous Countess (Jo Beverley) and The Pursuit of Pleasure (Elizabeth Essex) and The Perils of Pleasure (Julie Anne Long), just to list a few.
    My sisters and I tend to bandy around titles we’d like to see on books (sort of. Mostly they’re jokes.) The Rakishly Rakish Rake and its sequel, The Roguishly Roguish Rogue, are particular favorites, as are Provocative in Puce, Mesmerizing in Mauve, and Terrific in Taupe. (Slightly) more serious are A Silken Stalking and Mending Breeches.

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  24. The “key words” actually do help me in choosing books. My main ways of finding new books is to wander through my library or UBS, and seeing certain words (and fonts) will alert me as to what genre a book is. Other than that, I generally don’t pay too much attention to titles. Occasionally, though, I’ll come across an odd title, and then it will have absolutely nothing to do with the story. I just read Candice Proctor’s September Moon, but nothing particularly interesting happened in September, and the moon appeared not at all.
    However, a definite downside to this is trying to remember what books I’ve already read. Just looking in my reading log for the past couple months I have Countess of Scandal (Laurel McKee) and A Scandalous Countess (Jo Beverley) and The Pursuit of Pleasure (Elizabeth Essex) and The Perils of Pleasure (Julie Anne Long), just to list a few.
    My sisters and I tend to bandy around titles we’d like to see on books (sort of. Mostly they’re jokes.) The Rakishly Rakish Rake and its sequel, The Roguishly Roguish Rogue, are particular favorites, as are Provocative in Puce, Mesmerizing in Mauve, and Terrific in Taupe. (Slightly) more serious are A Silken Stalking and Mending Breeches.

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  25. The “key words” actually do help me in choosing books. My main ways of finding new books is to wander through my library or UBS, and seeing certain words (and fonts) will alert me as to what genre a book is. Other than that, I generally don’t pay too much attention to titles. Occasionally, though, I’ll come across an odd title, and then it will have absolutely nothing to do with the story. I just read Candice Proctor’s September Moon, but nothing particularly interesting happened in September, and the moon appeared not at all.
    However, a definite downside to this is trying to remember what books I’ve already read. Just looking in my reading log for the past couple months I have Countess of Scandal (Laurel McKee) and A Scandalous Countess (Jo Beverley) and The Pursuit of Pleasure (Elizabeth Essex) and The Perils of Pleasure (Julie Anne Long), just to list a few.
    My sisters and I tend to bandy around titles we’d like to see on books (sort of. Mostly they’re jokes.) The Rakishly Rakish Rake and its sequel, The Roguishly Roguish Rogue, are particular favorites, as are Provocative in Puce, Mesmerizing in Mauve, and Terrific in Taupe. (Slightly) more serious are A Silken Stalking and Mending Breeches.

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  26. Oh, and I’d buy The Bride Wore Black. It sounds like a historical, and I generally like stories with widows more than excessively naive innocents, and the title leads me to thinking the heroine will be a widow.

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  27. Oh, and I’d buy The Bride Wore Black. It sounds like a historical, and I generally like stories with widows more than excessively naive innocents, and the title leads me to thinking the heroine will be a widow.

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  28. Oh, and I’d buy The Bride Wore Black. It sounds like a historical, and I generally like stories with widows more than excessively naive innocents, and the title leads me to thinking the heroine will be a widow.

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  29. Oh, and I’d buy The Bride Wore Black. It sounds like a historical, and I generally like stories with widows more than excessively naive innocents, and the title leads me to thinking the heroine will be a widow.

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  30. Oh, and I’d buy The Bride Wore Black. It sounds like a historical, and I generally like stories with widows more than excessively naive innocents, and the title leads me to thinking the heroine will be a widow.

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  31. Totally cool post, Mary Jo!
    Definitely the Bride Wore Black and Boots in the Bedroom – they both sound like they have a twist to them and could have humor.

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  32. Totally cool post, Mary Jo!
    Definitely the Bride Wore Black and Boots in the Bedroom – they both sound like they have a twist to them and could have humor.

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  33. Totally cool post, Mary Jo!
    Definitely the Bride Wore Black and Boots in the Bedroom – they both sound like they have a twist to them and could have humor.

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  34. Totally cool post, Mary Jo!
    Definitely the Bride Wore Black and Boots in the Bedroom – they both sound like they have a twist to them and could have humor.

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  35. Totally cool post, Mary Jo!
    Definitely the Bride Wore Black and Boots in the Bedroom – they both sound like they have a twist to them and could have humor.

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  36. Fun topic, isn’t this? Even if one is tired of hearing certain words over and over, they do fulfill the purpose of letting us know the genre.
    I quite like Mesmerizing in Mauve….

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  37. Fun topic, isn’t this? Even if one is tired of hearing certain words over and over, they do fulfill the purpose of letting us know the genre.
    I quite like Mesmerizing in Mauve….

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  38. Fun topic, isn’t this? Even if one is tired of hearing certain words over and over, they do fulfill the purpose of letting us know the genre.
    I quite like Mesmerizing in Mauve….

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  39. Fun topic, isn’t this? Even if one is tired of hearing certain words over and over, they do fulfill the purpose of letting us know the genre.
    I quite like Mesmerizing in Mauve….

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  40. Fun topic, isn’t this? Even if one is tired of hearing certain words over and over, they do fulfill the purpose of letting us know the genre.
    I quite like Mesmerizing in Mauve….

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  41. Sherrie here.
    LOL! I’m still rolling on the floor over Margot’s titles.
    I’d definitely pick up The Bride Wore Black, just out of curiosity. Boots in the Bedroom Made me laugh, but immediately brings to mind a modern romance vs. historical, with an airhead heroine who knows nothing about ranching or animals, and a longsuffering but forgiving cowboy rancher. Not my cuppa.
    Humorous titles always catch my attention. I remember how I laughed out loud years ago when I came across a book entitled Tequila Mockingbird. Since then, there’s been a rash of other books with that title, as well as singing groups and even cartoons. So many, in fact, that’s it’s near impossible to discover who was the original user of that title.

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  42. Sherrie here.
    LOL! I’m still rolling on the floor over Margot’s titles.
    I’d definitely pick up The Bride Wore Black, just out of curiosity. Boots in the Bedroom Made me laugh, but immediately brings to mind a modern romance vs. historical, with an airhead heroine who knows nothing about ranching or animals, and a longsuffering but forgiving cowboy rancher. Not my cuppa.
    Humorous titles always catch my attention. I remember how I laughed out loud years ago when I came across a book entitled Tequila Mockingbird. Since then, there’s been a rash of other books with that title, as well as singing groups and even cartoons. So many, in fact, that’s it’s near impossible to discover who was the original user of that title.

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  43. Sherrie here.
    LOL! I’m still rolling on the floor over Margot’s titles.
    I’d definitely pick up The Bride Wore Black, just out of curiosity. Boots in the Bedroom Made me laugh, but immediately brings to mind a modern romance vs. historical, with an airhead heroine who knows nothing about ranching or animals, and a longsuffering but forgiving cowboy rancher. Not my cuppa.
    Humorous titles always catch my attention. I remember how I laughed out loud years ago when I came across a book entitled Tequila Mockingbird. Since then, there’s been a rash of other books with that title, as well as singing groups and even cartoons. So many, in fact, that’s it’s near impossible to discover who was the original user of that title.

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  44. Sherrie here.
    LOL! I’m still rolling on the floor over Margot’s titles.
    I’d definitely pick up The Bride Wore Black, just out of curiosity. Boots in the Bedroom Made me laugh, but immediately brings to mind a modern romance vs. historical, with an airhead heroine who knows nothing about ranching or animals, and a longsuffering but forgiving cowboy rancher. Not my cuppa.
    Humorous titles always catch my attention. I remember how I laughed out loud years ago when I came across a book entitled Tequila Mockingbird. Since then, there’s been a rash of other books with that title, as well as singing groups and even cartoons. So many, in fact, that’s it’s near impossible to discover who was the original user of that title.

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  45. Sherrie here.
    LOL! I’m still rolling on the floor over Margot’s titles.
    I’d definitely pick up The Bride Wore Black, just out of curiosity. Boots in the Bedroom Made me laugh, but immediately brings to mind a modern romance vs. historical, with an airhead heroine who knows nothing about ranching or animals, and a longsuffering but forgiving cowboy rancher. Not my cuppa.
    Humorous titles always catch my attention. I remember how I laughed out loud years ago when I came across a book entitled Tequila Mockingbird. Since then, there’s been a rash of other books with that title, as well as singing groups and even cartoons. So many, in fact, that’s it’s near impossible to discover who was the original user of that title.

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  46. I like The Bride Wore Black and The Convenient Bride. Convenient brides often turn out to be anything but, and a bride who’d wear black is either opinionated or a widow or both, and would be an interesting character.
    I could relate to the title sagas each wench told! And I once had a book come out with a mere “A” differentiating it from the title of a book of Mary Jo’s that came out about the same time.

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  47. I like The Bride Wore Black and The Convenient Bride. Convenient brides often turn out to be anything but, and a bride who’d wear black is either opinionated or a widow or both, and would be an interesting character.
    I could relate to the title sagas each wench told! And I once had a book come out with a mere “A” differentiating it from the title of a book of Mary Jo’s that came out about the same time.

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  48. I like The Bride Wore Black and The Convenient Bride. Convenient brides often turn out to be anything but, and a bride who’d wear black is either opinionated or a widow or both, and would be an interesting character.
    I could relate to the title sagas each wench told! And I once had a book come out with a mere “A” differentiating it from the title of a book of Mary Jo’s that came out about the same time.

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  49. I like The Bride Wore Black and The Convenient Bride. Convenient brides often turn out to be anything but, and a bride who’d wear black is either opinionated or a widow or both, and would be an interesting character.
    I could relate to the title sagas each wench told! And I once had a book come out with a mere “A” differentiating it from the title of a book of Mary Jo’s that came out about the same time.

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  50. I like The Bride Wore Black and The Convenient Bride. Convenient brides often turn out to be anything but, and a bride who’d wear black is either opinionated or a widow or both, and would be an interesting character.
    I could relate to the title sagas each wench told! And I once had a book come out with a mere “A” differentiating it from the title of a book of Mary Jo’s that came out about the same time.

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  51. The Bride Wore Black is a great title. It was a book by William Irish/Cornell Woolrich and was later made into a movie with Jeanne Moreau.
    The most I expect of the title is that it give me a hint about the genre, so I have never bought a book because of the title. I have, however, passed over a book because of the title. It’s those excessively cutesy ones based on movies or pop songs.

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  52. The Bride Wore Black is a great title. It was a book by William Irish/Cornell Woolrich and was later made into a movie with Jeanne Moreau.
    The most I expect of the title is that it give me a hint about the genre, so I have never bought a book because of the title. I have, however, passed over a book because of the title. It’s those excessively cutesy ones based on movies or pop songs.

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  53. The Bride Wore Black is a great title. It was a book by William Irish/Cornell Woolrich and was later made into a movie with Jeanne Moreau.
    The most I expect of the title is that it give me a hint about the genre, so I have never bought a book because of the title. I have, however, passed over a book because of the title. It’s those excessively cutesy ones based on movies or pop songs.

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  54. The Bride Wore Black is a great title. It was a book by William Irish/Cornell Woolrich and was later made into a movie with Jeanne Moreau.
    The most I expect of the title is that it give me a hint about the genre, so I have never bought a book because of the title. I have, however, passed over a book because of the title. It’s those excessively cutesy ones based on movies or pop songs.

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  55. The Bride Wore Black is a great title. It was a book by William Irish/Cornell Woolrich and was later made into a movie with Jeanne Moreau.
    The most I expect of the title is that it give me a hint about the genre, so I have never bought a book because of the title. I have, however, passed over a book because of the title. It’s those excessively cutesy ones based on movies or pop songs.

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  56. I can’t understand why the author doesn’t choose title and cover. It’s her book, it should be her choice ! Marketing doesn’t really want to know what appeals to readers.
    And think about other countries editions : the titles are changed again, and sometimes the new title is more further from the book than the original one (I have several French titles in minds that made me cringe !! For example The raven prince by Elizabeth Hoyt became Puritaine et catin, which means Puritan and harlot !!)

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  57. I can’t understand why the author doesn’t choose title and cover. It’s her book, it should be her choice ! Marketing doesn’t really want to know what appeals to readers.
    And think about other countries editions : the titles are changed again, and sometimes the new title is more further from the book than the original one (I have several French titles in minds that made me cringe !! For example The raven prince by Elizabeth Hoyt became Puritaine et catin, which means Puritan and harlot !!)

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  58. I can’t understand why the author doesn’t choose title and cover. It’s her book, it should be her choice ! Marketing doesn’t really want to know what appeals to readers.
    And think about other countries editions : the titles are changed again, and sometimes the new title is more further from the book than the original one (I have several French titles in minds that made me cringe !! For example The raven prince by Elizabeth Hoyt became Puritaine et catin, which means Puritan and harlot !!)

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  59. I can’t understand why the author doesn’t choose title and cover. It’s her book, it should be her choice ! Marketing doesn’t really want to know what appeals to readers.
    And think about other countries editions : the titles are changed again, and sometimes the new title is more further from the book than the original one (I have several French titles in minds that made me cringe !! For example The raven prince by Elizabeth Hoyt became Puritaine et catin, which means Puritan and harlot !!)

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  60. I can’t understand why the author doesn’t choose title and cover. It’s her book, it should be her choice ! Marketing doesn’t really want to know what appeals to readers.
    And think about other countries editions : the titles are changed again, and sometimes the new title is more further from the book than the original one (I have several French titles in minds that made me cringe !! For example The raven prince by Elizabeth Hoyt became Puritaine et catin, which means Puritan and harlot !!)

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  61. Well,”The Bride Wore Black” makes me think about the Cornell Woolrich female serial killer book.
    So no.
    The Convenient Bride sounds like a Harlequin Presents, (lots of “Convenient Wife” titles) also makes me think of Heyer’s Convenient Marriage. Which isn’t necessarily bad, but should be taken into account.
    Boots in the Bedroom sounds like a contemporary involving a ranch. I kind of like it. Western (US) or Australian.

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  62. Well,”The Bride Wore Black” makes me think about the Cornell Woolrich female serial killer book.
    So no.
    The Convenient Bride sounds like a Harlequin Presents, (lots of “Convenient Wife” titles) also makes me think of Heyer’s Convenient Marriage. Which isn’t necessarily bad, but should be taken into account.
    Boots in the Bedroom sounds like a contemporary involving a ranch. I kind of like it. Western (US) or Australian.

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  63. Well,”The Bride Wore Black” makes me think about the Cornell Woolrich female serial killer book.
    So no.
    The Convenient Bride sounds like a Harlequin Presents, (lots of “Convenient Wife” titles) also makes me think of Heyer’s Convenient Marriage. Which isn’t necessarily bad, but should be taken into account.
    Boots in the Bedroom sounds like a contemporary involving a ranch. I kind of like it. Western (US) or Australian.

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  64. Well,”The Bride Wore Black” makes me think about the Cornell Woolrich female serial killer book.
    So no.
    The Convenient Bride sounds like a Harlequin Presents, (lots of “Convenient Wife” titles) also makes me think of Heyer’s Convenient Marriage. Which isn’t necessarily bad, but should be taken into account.
    Boots in the Bedroom sounds like a contemporary involving a ranch. I kind of like it. Western (US) or Australian.

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  65. Well,”The Bride Wore Black” makes me think about the Cornell Woolrich female serial killer book.
    So no.
    The Convenient Bride sounds like a Harlequin Presents, (lots of “Convenient Wife” titles) also makes me think of Heyer’s Convenient Marriage. Which isn’t necessarily bad, but should be taken into account.
    Boots in the Bedroom sounds like a contemporary involving a ranch. I kind of like it. Western (US) or Australian.

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  66. I would immediately go for “The Convenient Bride” because I love marriage of convenience plots, so I grab anything with a word like “convenient/unconvenient” or “arrangement” or “accidental” combined with “bride” or “wife” or “wedding” or “marriage”. Just combine 1 from column A with one from column B.
    I want to add that I am now reading Mary Jo’s early Fallen Angels series and it is so fabulous! The books are incredibly good and I can’t imagine how I missed reading them for so long, but the strange titles that make no sense and don’t give a clue what the book is about probably didn’t help. “Angel Rogue” is not such a bad name, but “Thunder and Roses” and “Shattered Rainbows”?

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  67. I would immediately go for “The Convenient Bride” because I love marriage of convenience plots, so I grab anything with a word like “convenient/unconvenient” or “arrangement” or “accidental” combined with “bride” or “wife” or “wedding” or “marriage”. Just combine 1 from column A with one from column B.
    I want to add that I am now reading Mary Jo’s early Fallen Angels series and it is so fabulous! The books are incredibly good and I can’t imagine how I missed reading them for so long, but the strange titles that make no sense and don’t give a clue what the book is about probably didn’t help. “Angel Rogue” is not such a bad name, but “Thunder and Roses” and “Shattered Rainbows”?

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  68. I would immediately go for “The Convenient Bride” because I love marriage of convenience plots, so I grab anything with a word like “convenient/unconvenient” or “arrangement” or “accidental” combined with “bride” or “wife” or “wedding” or “marriage”. Just combine 1 from column A with one from column B.
    I want to add that I am now reading Mary Jo’s early Fallen Angels series and it is so fabulous! The books are incredibly good and I can’t imagine how I missed reading them for so long, but the strange titles that make no sense and don’t give a clue what the book is about probably didn’t help. “Angel Rogue” is not such a bad name, but “Thunder and Roses” and “Shattered Rainbows”?

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  69. I would immediately go for “The Convenient Bride” because I love marriage of convenience plots, so I grab anything with a word like “convenient/unconvenient” or “arrangement” or “accidental” combined with “bride” or “wife” or “wedding” or “marriage”. Just combine 1 from column A with one from column B.
    I want to add that I am now reading Mary Jo’s early Fallen Angels series and it is so fabulous! The books are incredibly good and I can’t imagine how I missed reading them for so long, but the strange titles that make no sense and don’t give a clue what the book is about probably didn’t help. “Angel Rogue” is not such a bad name, but “Thunder and Roses” and “Shattered Rainbows”?

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  70. I would immediately go for “The Convenient Bride” because I love marriage of convenience plots, so I grab anything with a word like “convenient/unconvenient” or “arrangement” or “accidental” combined with “bride” or “wife” or “wedding” or “marriage”. Just combine 1 from column A with one from column B.
    I want to add that I am now reading Mary Jo’s early Fallen Angels series and it is so fabulous! The books are incredibly good and I can’t imagine how I missed reading them for so long, but the strange titles that make no sense and don’t give a clue what the book is about probably didn’t help. “Angel Rogue” is not such a bad name, but “Thunder and Roses” and “Shattered Rainbows”?

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  71. Karin–
    I’m glad you’re enjoying the Fallen Angels series, and now you probably better understand why titles are so difficult!
    THUNDER AND ROSES came about because a title had to be produced more or less overnight, so my editor said a classic approach was NOUN & NOUN, with one referring to him and the other to her. So in T&R, he’s thunderous and she, like all good roses, comes well equipped with thorns. *g*
    sHATTERED RAINBOWS actually makes a lot more sense. If you’ve read the book, remember the kaleidoscope? That’s important in both literal and metaphoric terms, and is a good symbol of a book about two rather shattered people who put the pieces back together again. But I’ll admit that it isn’t instantly obvious. *G*

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  72. Karin–
    I’m glad you’re enjoying the Fallen Angels series, and now you probably better understand why titles are so difficult!
    THUNDER AND ROSES came about because a title had to be produced more or less overnight, so my editor said a classic approach was NOUN & NOUN, with one referring to him and the other to her. So in T&R, he’s thunderous and she, like all good roses, comes well equipped with thorns. *g*
    sHATTERED RAINBOWS actually makes a lot more sense. If you’ve read the book, remember the kaleidoscope? That’s important in both literal and metaphoric terms, and is a good symbol of a book about two rather shattered people who put the pieces back together again. But I’ll admit that it isn’t instantly obvious. *G*

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  73. Karin–
    I’m glad you’re enjoying the Fallen Angels series, and now you probably better understand why titles are so difficult!
    THUNDER AND ROSES came about because a title had to be produced more or less overnight, so my editor said a classic approach was NOUN & NOUN, with one referring to him and the other to her. So in T&R, he’s thunderous and she, like all good roses, comes well equipped with thorns. *g*
    sHATTERED RAINBOWS actually makes a lot more sense. If you’ve read the book, remember the kaleidoscope? That’s important in both literal and metaphoric terms, and is a good symbol of a book about two rather shattered people who put the pieces back together again. But I’ll admit that it isn’t instantly obvious. *G*

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  74. Karin–
    I’m glad you’re enjoying the Fallen Angels series, and now you probably better understand why titles are so difficult!
    THUNDER AND ROSES came about because a title had to be produced more or less overnight, so my editor said a classic approach was NOUN & NOUN, with one referring to him and the other to her. So in T&R, he’s thunderous and she, like all good roses, comes well equipped with thorns. *g*
    sHATTERED RAINBOWS actually makes a lot more sense. If you’ve read the book, remember the kaleidoscope? That’s important in both literal and metaphoric terms, and is a good symbol of a book about two rather shattered people who put the pieces back together again. But I’ll admit that it isn’t instantly obvious. *G*

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  75. Karin–
    I’m glad you’re enjoying the Fallen Angels series, and now you probably better understand why titles are so difficult!
    THUNDER AND ROSES came about because a title had to be produced more or less overnight, so my editor said a classic approach was NOUN & NOUN, with one referring to him and the other to her. So in T&R, he’s thunderous and she, like all good roses, comes well equipped with thorns. *g*
    sHATTERED RAINBOWS actually makes a lot more sense. If you’ve read the book, remember the kaleidoscope? That’s important in both literal and metaphoric terms, and is a good symbol of a book about two rather shattered people who put the pieces back together again. But I’ll admit that it isn’t instantly obvious. *G*

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  76. I’m partial to HELLIONS or SCOUNDRELS… Titles that hint at humor or adventure, and that don’t sound to familiar. I like it when the series titles relate (easier to place them later), but I never can remember which of Jane Feather’s “V” books is which! Simply not enough information in one word. However, it is simple to figure out which of the overlapping Celeste Bradley series is which, or what Balogh you are in… (As an exbookseller, that was important.)
    Depending on the cover – probably the Bride.

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  77. I’m partial to HELLIONS or SCOUNDRELS… Titles that hint at humor or adventure, and that don’t sound to familiar. I like it when the series titles relate (easier to place them later), but I never can remember which of Jane Feather’s “V” books is which! Simply not enough information in one word. However, it is simple to figure out which of the overlapping Celeste Bradley series is which, or what Balogh you are in… (As an exbookseller, that was important.)
    Depending on the cover – probably the Bride.

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  78. I’m partial to HELLIONS or SCOUNDRELS… Titles that hint at humor or adventure, and that don’t sound to familiar. I like it when the series titles relate (easier to place them later), but I never can remember which of Jane Feather’s “V” books is which! Simply not enough information in one word. However, it is simple to figure out which of the overlapping Celeste Bradley series is which, or what Balogh you are in… (As an exbookseller, that was important.)
    Depending on the cover – probably the Bride.

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  79. I’m partial to HELLIONS or SCOUNDRELS… Titles that hint at humor or adventure, and that don’t sound to familiar. I like it when the series titles relate (easier to place them later), but I never can remember which of Jane Feather’s “V” books is which! Simply not enough information in one word. However, it is simple to figure out which of the overlapping Celeste Bradley series is which, or what Balogh you are in… (As an exbookseller, that was important.)
    Depending on the cover – probably the Bride.

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  80. I’m partial to HELLIONS or SCOUNDRELS… Titles that hint at humor or adventure, and that don’t sound to familiar. I like it when the series titles relate (easier to place them later), but I never can remember which of Jane Feather’s “V” books is which! Simply not enough information in one word. However, it is simple to figure out which of the overlapping Celeste Bradley series is which, or what Balogh you are in… (As an exbookseller, that was important.)
    Depending on the cover – probably the Bride.

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  81. DandyLady–there are a couple of reasons for the cut off heads. First, an image that is going off the page looks more dynamic than if it’s nicely framed with the page and looking static.
    Second. removing the heads means people won’t look and say, “He looks all wrong!” Models often look young and callow. Removed the face and hair styles and concentrate on those rippling muscles, and it’s much easier. *G*

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  82. DandyLady–there are a couple of reasons for the cut off heads. First, an image that is going off the page looks more dynamic than if it’s nicely framed with the page and looking static.
    Second. removing the heads means people won’t look and say, “He looks all wrong!” Models often look young and callow. Removed the face and hair styles and concentrate on those rippling muscles, and it’s much easier. *G*

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  83. DandyLady–there are a couple of reasons for the cut off heads. First, an image that is going off the page looks more dynamic than if it’s nicely framed with the page and looking static.
    Second. removing the heads means people won’t look and say, “He looks all wrong!” Models often look young and callow. Removed the face and hair styles and concentrate on those rippling muscles, and it’s much easier. *G*

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  84. DandyLady–there are a couple of reasons for the cut off heads. First, an image that is going off the page looks more dynamic than if it’s nicely framed with the page and looking static.
    Second. removing the heads means people won’t look and say, “He looks all wrong!” Models often look young and callow. Removed the face and hair styles and concentrate on those rippling muscles, and it’s much easier. *G*

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  85. DandyLady–there are a couple of reasons for the cut off heads. First, an image that is going off the page looks more dynamic than if it’s nicely framed with the page and looking static.
    Second. removing the heads means people won’t look and say, “He looks all wrong!” Models often look young and callow. Removed the face and hair styles and concentrate on those rippling muscles, and it’s much easier. *G*

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  86. Like the muscles AND good chins AND dark hair… Let’s just skip the girls! *G*
    This doesn’t seem to be a big trend in the non-genre fiction or S&SF. I was amused by two almost simultaneous releases that had women in excessively long yellow dresses covering the entire page (Boyle’s Along Came a Duke, Kleypas’ Because You’re Mine). It would be nice if the artists at least followed a simple description like:
    Golden Blonde curly long
    petite (under the man’s chin)
    And not come up with tall, busty redhead!
    (Love reading these articles, even if I rarely post!)

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  87. Like the muscles AND good chins AND dark hair… Let’s just skip the girls! *G*
    This doesn’t seem to be a big trend in the non-genre fiction or S&SF. I was amused by two almost simultaneous releases that had women in excessively long yellow dresses covering the entire page (Boyle’s Along Came a Duke, Kleypas’ Because You’re Mine). It would be nice if the artists at least followed a simple description like:
    Golden Blonde curly long
    petite (under the man’s chin)
    And not come up with tall, busty redhead!
    (Love reading these articles, even if I rarely post!)

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  88. Like the muscles AND good chins AND dark hair… Let’s just skip the girls! *G*
    This doesn’t seem to be a big trend in the non-genre fiction or S&SF. I was amused by two almost simultaneous releases that had women in excessively long yellow dresses covering the entire page (Boyle’s Along Came a Duke, Kleypas’ Because You’re Mine). It would be nice if the artists at least followed a simple description like:
    Golden Blonde curly long
    petite (under the man’s chin)
    And not come up with tall, busty redhead!
    (Love reading these articles, even if I rarely post!)

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  89. Like the muscles AND good chins AND dark hair… Let’s just skip the girls! *G*
    This doesn’t seem to be a big trend in the non-genre fiction or S&SF. I was amused by two almost simultaneous releases that had women in excessively long yellow dresses covering the entire page (Boyle’s Along Came a Duke, Kleypas’ Because You’re Mine). It would be nice if the artists at least followed a simple description like:
    Golden Blonde curly long
    petite (under the man’s chin)
    And not come up with tall, busty redhead!
    (Love reading these articles, even if I rarely post!)

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  90. Like the muscles AND good chins AND dark hair… Let’s just skip the girls! *G*
    This doesn’t seem to be a big trend in the non-genre fiction or S&SF. I was amused by two almost simultaneous releases that had women in excessively long yellow dresses covering the entire page (Boyle’s Along Came a Duke, Kleypas’ Because You’re Mine). It would be nice if the artists at least followed a simple description like:
    Golden Blonde curly long
    petite (under the man’s chin)
    And not come up with tall, busty redhead!
    (Love reading these articles, even if I rarely post!)

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  91. I seldom buy books because of a title (and may be disappointed when I do).
    Much more frequently, I buy books by Author. I pick up “new” authors when I buy the “compendium” books that feature a relatively short work by one of my favorite authors, and one of the “come-alongs” in the book catches my interest also.
    Sometimes I buy a first book by an author, because I have seen a comment about the book which the author has posted somewhere. I read science fiction also. Sometimes I meet an author at an SF convention, like the author and try one of the author’s books.
    Also, I often try new-to-me authors from the library, before I begin buying them. This is how I learned that although I really like books by Anne Maxwell and by Elizabeth Lowell, I don’t care for the books by A. E. Maxwell.
    Clearly (as I said at the start), I am author driven.
    Sue

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  92. I seldom buy books because of a title (and may be disappointed when I do).
    Much more frequently, I buy books by Author. I pick up “new” authors when I buy the “compendium” books that feature a relatively short work by one of my favorite authors, and one of the “come-alongs” in the book catches my interest also.
    Sometimes I buy a first book by an author, because I have seen a comment about the book which the author has posted somewhere. I read science fiction also. Sometimes I meet an author at an SF convention, like the author and try one of the author’s books.
    Also, I often try new-to-me authors from the library, before I begin buying them. This is how I learned that although I really like books by Anne Maxwell and by Elizabeth Lowell, I don’t care for the books by A. E. Maxwell.
    Clearly (as I said at the start), I am author driven.
    Sue

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  93. I seldom buy books because of a title (and may be disappointed when I do).
    Much more frequently, I buy books by Author. I pick up “new” authors when I buy the “compendium” books that feature a relatively short work by one of my favorite authors, and one of the “come-alongs” in the book catches my interest also.
    Sometimes I buy a first book by an author, because I have seen a comment about the book which the author has posted somewhere. I read science fiction also. Sometimes I meet an author at an SF convention, like the author and try one of the author’s books.
    Also, I often try new-to-me authors from the library, before I begin buying them. This is how I learned that although I really like books by Anne Maxwell and by Elizabeth Lowell, I don’t care for the books by A. E. Maxwell.
    Clearly (as I said at the start), I am author driven.
    Sue

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  94. I seldom buy books because of a title (and may be disappointed when I do).
    Much more frequently, I buy books by Author. I pick up “new” authors when I buy the “compendium” books that feature a relatively short work by one of my favorite authors, and one of the “come-alongs” in the book catches my interest also.
    Sometimes I buy a first book by an author, because I have seen a comment about the book which the author has posted somewhere. I read science fiction also. Sometimes I meet an author at an SF convention, like the author and try one of the author’s books.
    Also, I often try new-to-me authors from the library, before I begin buying them. This is how I learned that although I really like books by Anne Maxwell and by Elizabeth Lowell, I don’t care for the books by A. E. Maxwell.
    Clearly (as I said at the start), I am author driven.
    Sue

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  95. I seldom buy books because of a title (and may be disappointed when I do).
    Much more frequently, I buy books by Author. I pick up “new” authors when I buy the “compendium” books that feature a relatively short work by one of my favorite authors, and one of the “come-alongs” in the book catches my interest also.
    Sometimes I buy a first book by an author, because I have seen a comment about the book which the author has posted somewhere. I read science fiction also. Sometimes I meet an author at an SF convention, like the author and try one of the author’s books.
    Also, I often try new-to-me authors from the library, before I begin buying them. This is how I learned that although I really like books by Anne Maxwell and by Elizabeth Lowell, I don’t care for the books by A. E. Maxwell.
    Clearly (as I said at the start), I am author driven.
    Sue

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  96. Sue–
    We authors LIKE readers who are author driven! Like covers, titles may encourage a potential reader to pick up a book and look more closely. After that, it’s up to the book itself to appeal.
    Certainly for a reader, one of life’s great pleasures is to find a new author we love–and then discover she has a long backlist to feast on!

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  97. Sue–
    We authors LIKE readers who are author driven! Like covers, titles may encourage a potential reader to pick up a book and look more closely. After that, it’s up to the book itself to appeal.
    Certainly for a reader, one of life’s great pleasures is to find a new author we love–and then discover she has a long backlist to feast on!

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  98. Sue–
    We authors LIKE readers who are author driven! Like covers, titles may encourage a potential reader to pick up a book and look more closely. After that, it’s up to the book itself to appeal.
    Certainly for a reader, one of life’s great pleasures is to find a new author we love–and then discover she has a long backlist to feast on!

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  99. Sue–
    We authors LIKE readers who are author driven! Like covers, titles may encourage a potential reader to pick up a book and look more closely. After that, it’s up to the book itself to appeal.
    Certainly for a reader, one of life’s great pleasures is to find a new author we love–and then discover she has a long backlist to feast on!

    Reply
  100. Sue–
    We authors LIKE readers who are author driven! Like covers, titles may encourage a potential reader to pick up a book and look more closely. After that, it’s up to the book itself to appeal.
    Certainly for a reader, one of life’s great pleasures is to find a new author we love–and then discover she has a long backlist to feast on!

    Reply

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