A St. Paddy’s Day Guest Post – Alannah Lynne

Irish toastLet’s talk titles…

Thanks for letting me hang out with you and your friends, Silver!! For the past 7 days, Sunny and Gavin (LAST CALL – Heat Wave Series #2), and I have been making the rounds. We’ve taken over blogs and Facebook pages, Pinterest pages and even jumped into the waters of Google + (OH MY!). I don’t know how many audio books and ebooks we’ve given away so far (close to 70), but it all wraps up today.
Gavin is spending the day with Liza over at Blogging by Liza (be sure and jump over there celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a huge feast!), while I get to spend the day here. Personally, I can’t think of a better place to be on the final day of this giveaway blitz than with one of my favorite people in the whole wide world!!

I was looking through some of your recent blog posts, catching up on all that I’ve missed (which was entirely WAY too much), and I saw your post about taking inspiration from song lyrics. I’d say at least 75% of my ideas come from songs, either the lyrics or the videos that go along with them.

Inspiration for story ideas isn’t a problem for me. I have at least 9 stories lined up in the queue right now, all I need is an additional 12 hours or so in each day to get them all written! LOL As you know, the thing I struggle with the most with is titles!
I typically have no idea what the title of a story is going to be until I’m halfway (or more) through a book, and they usually come from something one of my characters says (with the exception of LAST CALL).

SAVIN’ ME was completely finished and mostly edited before I had a title! I was going through it on one of the final editing passes, and I came across the line where Erik says, “There’s no savin’ me Kat…” At that exact moment, Nickelback’s “Savin’ Me” came on the radio. It was like divine magic had struck! I was thrilled!! I FINALLY had a title – I really don’t think the editor would’ve taken to kindly to receiving a query for “I Have No Freaking Clue What The Title of This Book Is.” 😀

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00073]I think I talked about this on here before, but Silver totally saved the day on LAST CALL. Writing the story was easy! The scenes constantly played in my mind, the characters talked non-stop, and the words flowed without effort. From inception to final draft took me a little over two months.

But then, there I sat, no title. LOL I don’t even remember having a “working title” for this story. I can’t remember how it came about, but we were hanging out on Plotmonkeys, on a Saturday I think, and Silver said, “What about LAST CALL?” It was so perfect, I nearly jumped through the screen to pounce with a big hug and drown her with sloppy wet kisses!

The third book in the series, CROSSING LINES, was another challenge. The working title was “Chiaroscuro,” which was a perfect name… except no one knew what it meant or how to spell it! 😀 As I went through the second pass of edits, I came across a line where Kevin admitted, “That line’s already been crossed.” BINGO!! The title ended up being perfect for a couple of reasons: One, Kevin definitely crosses lines he shouldn’t. Two, the book itself crosses the line from steamy to erotic contemporary romance. Again, the title was perfect, but danged if it didn’t take me months to unearth it!

I’m currently writing the fourth book in the Heat Wave Series, and I’m happy to announce I’m making progress with this title stuff!! I don’t have the first draft completely finished yet, but I do have a title and a cover!! Again, the title came from directly from one of my characters.

Sam Mazze (from CROSSING LINES) informs Callie she believes Wade is already all in, or he wouldn’t be doing some of the boneheaded things he’s doing. Typical male! 😆 As soon as she gave me those words, I knew I had a title!! A quick search on Amazon showed there were several books with the title “All In,” so I added the “Going” to differentiate it slightly.

AlannahLynne_GoingAllIn_800x1200Now, I also have a cover!

GOING ALL IN (Heat Wave Series Book #4) will be out in late April or early May!! For now, you can get SAVIN’ ME (Book #1) for FREE at most retailers (Amazon is hit or miss, depending on how they price match), or you can enter to win a copy of SAVIN’ ME and LAST CALL here (see the Rafflectopter below).

SAVIN’ ME (Heat Wave Novel #1) is now free at all outlets! Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords.

You can also hop over to my blog, FB page, or website and sign up for my newsletter for lots of other chances to win (those giveaways will continue through the 19th). And don’t forget to visit with Gavin at Blogging by Liza (today only) for an awesome St. Patrick’s Day feast and even more chances to win!!
Thank you, again, Silver, for letting me hang out with you and your friends today! I always have a GREAT time when I’m here!!! I’ll be here all day, answering questions and replying to comments, so please don’t be shy. I love chat!!!

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About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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5 Responses to A St. Paddy’s Day Guest Post – Alannah Lynne

  1. Janet says:

    Squeeee – Alannah 🙂 So happy to see you here – and, wow, you’ve been busy! Congratulations on all you titles!!! I love to hear that I’m not the only one who can’t come up with a title. My works in progress are usually given the hero and heroine’s names, therefore I have files named Gillian and Mac, Jane and Ryan, Elspeth and Simeon, etc!

    Question, who does your covers? They’re awesome!

    • Silver James says:

      She does have terrific covers, doesn’t she, Janet?

    • Alannah says:

      Janet!!!! *tackle hugs*

      I always enjoy visiting with Silver because it’s like a reunion of old friends!!! My working titles are exactly the same as yours. Up until a month ago, GOING ALL IN was called “Wade and Callie.” LOL Just doesn’t have the same ring to them, does it? 😀

      As for covers… first off, thank you!! Tricia “Pickyme” Schmidt did the first 4 covers, but she wasn’t able to fit me in for GOING ALL IN (I waited too late to get a title and she was already booked up). Since I had the files from the previous stories, I sent them to Janelle Denison’s daughter, Kellie, and she as able to duplicate the look without any problem.

      Kellie does amazing work, and I highly recommend her. She does all of her mom’s covers (Janelle is writing her erotic romance under the name Erika Wilde) and she’s done the most recent covers for Carly Phillips, Rhonda Nelson, Leslie Kelly, and Julie Leto. I’m sure there are more, but those are the ones I know of for sure. Check her out and let me know if you want her email address.

      She’s incredibly easy to work with and won’t stop until you’re happy. She’s already very reasonably priced. 🙂

      It’s great to see you!!

  2. Silver James says:

    Welcome, Alannah! We go back quite a ways, don’t we? The Plotmonkeys and beyond, 😆 I’m so glad I could help with LAST CALL. Should I mention it’s my favorite of yours?!? 😉 As for me, I always managed titles, it’s the blurbs/tagline/back cover copy that drive me to green beer! LOLOL

    • Alannah says:

      UGH!!! Just hearing the words “blurb,” “tagline,” and “back cover copy” makes me want to throw up! LOL I can’t even begin to describe how badly I despise writing those, and I think it’s because I suck at it. While trying to write the back cover copy for GOING ALL IN, I confessed that if there was ever anything that would prompt me to give up this career, that was it.

      Fortunately, I put out an SOS to some friends, and Carly Phillips answered my desperate plea. It took her about 30 minutes and she had the cover copy nailed! I didn’t add it to the post above, so I’ll share it here. I bow at the feet of anyone who can do this! 😀

      A down and dirty Georgia boy teaches a Myrtle Beach princess the real meaning of the “finer things” in life.

      It’s been two years since Callie Holden helped put her father in prison, and since then, she’s learned a lot about life and herself. To Callie’s surprise, she actually likes working and has learned that money is a tool that can be used for good… or evil, and though she’s traveled the globe, she’s never really lived. She longs for adventure and to experience a wildly passionate romance. The last place she expects to discover her dreams is in the arms of the man she’s dubbed “The Beast,” due to his constant surly mood. But when they’re forced to work together, unexpected chemistry changes everything. In Wade Neumann’s arms, Callie finds the excitement and passion she’s been looking for, and much more.

      Wade Neumann has spent the last year burying the pain and humiliation of being left at the altar by a woman who used him as a novelty toy before settling down with someone like herself—someone rich. For the last year, he’s lost himself in a stream of nameless females, but instead of these trysts helping him heal, Wade has grown colder and more jaded. He hasn’t moved on with his life. He’s merely stuck going through the motions… until he meets Callie Holden, a woman who appears to be like his ex but in reality is exactly the opposite—warm, giving, sweet, and most importantly, not rich. Or so he thinks. Because just as he starts to believe things with Callie are real and true, she gives him thirty million reasons to doubt all over again.

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