Votes Are In For Title Choice

leather-book-preview[1]I want to thank everyone who took the time to share their thoughts about my list of potential book titles. The majority of respondents voted for The Blade Man, followed by Senseless Acts. Dead Set and Hell-Bent also earned a nod each.

So, with this 6th draft well underway, I’ll incorporate a couple more references to The Blade Man, and see how it reads when I begin the seventh and hopefully finally, draft a few weeks from now.

Slowly, I’m getting closer to finalizing this novel. Of course, there’s the back cover blurb to tackle, which is something I always need help with. I’m grateful that I have a writers’ group to run it by. The blurb will likely show up on this blog as well!

I really appreciate all of the support. Since I shifted my blog to WordPress a little over a year ago, I’ve met a great community of writers, bloggers, and readers. There are so many great blogs and books to read, but so little time. Still, I keep trying.

Do Any of These Titles Grab You?

leather-book-preview[1]Two weeks ago, I blogged about my struggle to find a title for my 6th Casey Holland mystery, I’ve been giving titles a lot of thought since then, especially since I’m closing in on finishing the 6th draft.

Thanks to all of those who provided helpful comments, and I’ve managed to come up with a shortlist of candidates. To me, each of the eight listed below speaks to the theme and/or crimes in the book, but let’s approach this from another angle.

Suppose you were browsing through the mystery/thriller section in a bookstore, and saw a title on a book that you knew nothing about. Would any of these titles make you want to pick up the book and read the back cover? Maybe flip through a few pages?

  1. Senseless Acts
  2. The Blade Man
  3. Relentless
  4. Ruthless
  5. Dead Set
  6. Hell-Bent
  7. Rage
  8. Enraged

Please let me know which one(s) capture your attention, or if none of them do, and thanks again for your input!

 

MIA: A Title For My Next Novel

leather-book-preview[1]I’m working on the sixth draft of my current Casey Holland mystery. The book’s coming along nicely, except that I haven’t yet found the right title. Titles used to come easily for me, but for some reason the more books I write, the harder it gets.

The sixth installment in the series has Casey’s employer, Mainland Public Transport, (Casey’s a female security officer) under siege by an arsonist. Two of the company’s bus drivers have also been attacked by an unknown assailant who’s been attacking others in the same area of Coquitlam BC. Meanwhile, local thugs hold a grudge after an ugly confrontation with Casey and a driver during a riot. This isn’t the book blurb,  just my thoughts about will eventually be a blurb.

One of the ongoing themes is anger, the way it permeates the workplace, the public, and one’s personal life. Another part has to deal with mental illness issues that drivers in real life face from the public nearly every day.

There’s a lot of action and drama, which should make finding a title easier, yes? I’ve been compiling a list of key words and trying mind mapping, but so far nothing’s working. The title, Under Siege, aptly describes the plot and subplot, but it’s been used in movies and books many times before. So, if anyone has some great tips on coming up with a title, please let me know!