Iâ€™m always fascinated by the process of coming up with a title for my books.
I always suggest something, of course, and I like some of my ideas better than others. Sometimes they stick, and sometimes they donâ€™t.
Like my Harlequin Nocturnes. Iâ€™m writing a miniseries about Alpha Force, a covert military force of shapeshifters. The first in the series was ALPHA WOLF, which was published in January 2009. The second will be published in December of this year: ALASKAN WOLF. When I originally submitted my manuscript for ALPHA WOLF, the title was different–and so was the name of Alpha Force. Iâ€™d considered calling it Omega Force, as the last and ultimate group to be called in when nothing else works, but the editorial staff at Harlequin suggested that it be called Alpha Force–which made sense for a group composed largely of people who shift into canines. Now, many titles contain â€œWolfâ€. I had a different title idea for ALASKAN WOLF, but another Nocturne was published with the name Iâ€™d proposed. The title ALASKAN WOLF, suggested again by the wonderful folks at Harlequin, works well, since the story takes place in–you guessed it!–Alaska! Iâ€™m currently working on the third book in the series, which Iâ€™ve called GUARDIAN WOLF, and that may remain its title.
Iâ€™ve had great fun coming up with, and sometimes brainstorming, titles for my Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The tone is light, and the titles are fun: SIT, STAY, SLAY; NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FERRETS; THE FRIGHT OF THE IGUANA; FELINE FATALE; and the rest.
Iâ€™m now working on a spinoff series from the Kendra mysteries, the Pet Rescue mysteries. The tone is a little darker, but theyâ€™re still cozy mysteries. Iâ€™ve struggled a little more with the titles, but the excellent Berkley folks have come through by suggesting great ones! The first, BEAGLEMANIA, about a puppy mill rescue, will be published in March 2011. As you can guess, some of the rescued puppies are baby beagles. And the second? We just agreed on it last week: THE MORE THE TERRIER. Itâ€™s a wonderful title for a story about animal hoarding!