Another contest!

June 6, 2007 | Karin's Blog | 66 comments

This time it’s for me. Specifically, a title. For my medieval historical due to release next summer.

Here’s what my editor and I are looking for: a title that is good, strong and sexy. It does not have to covey the genre, the cover will do that.

Here is a blurb:

Norman knight, Reegan du Luc, storms the courtyard and batters down the doors to Isabel of Aelthorp’s manor home. Will he storm his way into her heart as well?

November 1066, North Warwickshire, England.

Isabel, heiress of Aelthorp, wants peace and tranquility for her people, but William, bastard Duke of Normandy has overthrown Harold the Usurper. Her father and brother are killed at Hastings, and she’s left alone to protect Aelthorp.

Known as la lame noir, the Black Sword, legendary killer at Hastings, and bastard half cousin to William, Reegan du Luc, wants one thing. Legitimacy. The only way he can procure that is by securing land and a wife to bear him sons. He is willing to use any means necessary to achieve his goal. But the woman he chooses, Isabel, is betrothed to a rebellious Saxon, and is also the daughter of a man he slew on the battlefield.

Isabel resists Reegan, her sworn enemy, and fights for the legitimate right to her home, for her rebellious people, and for her own self-preservation, even as she melts under his caresses.

Reegan is willing to play the honorable knight to win the fair Isabel’s reluctant hand, and the land that comes with her. But will the darker forces that conspire against them win the day? Will her honor keep them both from what they both so desperately desire? And once united, will Reegan’s terrible secret tear them apart?

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Here’s the payoff for your help: if you come up with a title my editor and I love, and it ends up on the cover, you will receive an acknowledgement in the book, an autographed copy of the book, and a $50 Visa gift certificate.

Now, the way I would like to do this is have Title Tuesday every Tuesday for the next month until we come up with something. Beginning today, even though it’s Wednesday, in the comment section, throw titles at me. Next Tuesday I’ll post this same blog until I get ready to leave for National or until a title sticks, whichever comes first. I’ll pass all suggestions along to my editor, and announce the winner as soon as we have one. I’ll also post the front runner titles from the week before.

So, let the titles fly!

And thank you all in advance.

K*

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66 Comments

  1. Donna Kowalczyk

    PRIDE BE DAMNED
    REBELLIOUS DESIRE (wait…is that a Julie Garwood title? LOL)
    IMPOSSIBLE
    I COULD NEVER LOVE YOU
    LONGING ETERNAL
    DESIROUS ENEMY
    ENEMY’S TOUCH
    TAMING THE SWORD

    Okay, yeah, I suck at titles…LOL

  2. Donna Kowalczyk

    Crap…sorry, Karin, I can read directions, honest. LOL I’ll post it again on Tuesday.

  3. Cele

    I swear Jake and Hubster make the best stand up comedy around.

  4. Hubby

    THE DRAWBIDGES OF HAMPSHIRE COUNTY
    CASTLES OF OUR FATHERS
    ONCE MUTTEN TWICE SHY
    GONE WITH THE MOTE
    JOUSTING FOR SHILLINGS
    LADY IN WAITING… KNIGHT IN ARMOR

  5. Karin

    ahem, would that be a dust mote, honey or a water moat?

  6. Hubby

    In those times, all water moats were dusty motes. So there!

  7. Karin

    Okay, so far, Jake and Hubby, while amusing have not come close to a usable title. But, methinks there might be something in it for them both for their pure entertainment value.

    I like KNIGHT SIEGE, KNIGHTWATCH, KNIGHTSTORM, THE PRICE OF HONOR.

  8. J. Carson Black

    Here’s a name with some meaning.

    Rags to Riches – the GIRL – just won the Belmont. She’s the first filly to win it since 1905 (there have only been three of them.) Her mother is named BETTER THAN HONOR. BETTER THAN HONOR’S son, Jazil, won the Belmont last year, and Rags to Riches won it this year.

    That’s a good title, but it’s also a lucky title. If you go for that kind of thing.

    BETTER THAN HONOR

  9. Virna

    Hi Karin!

    Embracing The Sword
    Branded
    Embattled
    Conquered
    Conquering Isabel

  10. Karin

    Jake! Was she not the purdiest thang you ever did see cross the finish line?
    I love BETTER THAN HONOR.
    Virna, I like EMBATTLED.

  11. Hubby

    Hate rip off a good idea, Jake, but with just a little twist I like,
    MORE THAN HONOR

  12. J. Carson Black

    GREATER THAN HONOR sounds good, too.

    I sure loved seeing that filly take on the boys and win! Maybe down the line you’ll write a historical called RAGS TO RICHES. 🙂

  13. Donna Kowalczyk

    Virna, I just signed a contract on a short erotica titled BRANDED…LOL

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