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.” 😀
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.
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).
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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