Saturday, October 20, 2007

Help! I need a title for my second book -- so I'm offering a bribe

This is all my fault.

I chose a name for my second "Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist" (that's the series name) book without doing much research (okay -- without doing any). Due to a dialog line uttered by the second book's bad guy, the title I came up with -- DARK HARVEST -- fit nicely. But there are tons of other books called DARK HARVEST. In fact, one was just released (a horror novel) by Tor recently.

So, in the midst of finishing the book by my deadline, I'm finding my brain has gone AWOL about titles.

I need your help!

And, to encourage your creativity, I'm going to come up with a great prize. I haven't worked out all the details yet, but I'm thinking I'll offer something sinfully delightful from ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY. I love their chocolate. So, I'm posting a generic picture of their chocolate here for now, until I fine-tune the details. (Don't hold me to this picture because I don't know which one I'll choose yet.) Seems appropriate since my books take place in Colorado.

So, here's the idea: You send me your suggestions for a great title for my second book (I'll post a blurb below) and I'll select one entry to win the prize. The winner has nothing to do with whether or not I use that particular title. If I use an actual title suggested by someone, I'll add that person to the acknowledgements in the second book (and will keep a special place in my heart for them for their creative generosity).

I'm thinking I'd like a title that suggests vampires and has a psychology theme (like THE VAMPIRE SHRINK). Like the first book, the second will be a dark urban fantasy with romance, sex, humor and some mystery. Think of all the words you know that apply to vampires, then connect them with all the words you know about anything psychological/psychic and let's see what emerges!!

Please send your title suggestions here:

I'll choose a name from the entries on November 3 (two weeks from today). Please remember to give me your email address so I can contact you if you win.

Here's a blurb for the second book:

Denver Psychologist Kismet Knight counsels vampires. Her life changed forever when she discovered a dark preternatural underworld, became involved with gorgeous, eight-centuries-old Devereux, the powerful leader of a vampire coven, and was forced to reconsider her notions of “reality.”

Still adjusting to her new role as an expert on all things paranormal – as well as her unexpected notoriety, and new clientele – she schedules what she believes is simply another radio interview. She couldn’t be more mistaken. Not only does the radio host behave very strangely, but an ominous, on-air call turns Kismet’s world upside-down – again.

Shortly thereafter, Maxie Westhaven, a tabloid newspaper reporter in search of a juicy story, befriends Kismet, leading her into a bizarre world of role players, lost souls and death. Enter Victoria Essex, Devereux’s building manager and resident witch, who discloses a startling secret of her own.

Meanwhile, Luna, Devereux’s hostile, femme fatale personal assistant recognizes a perfect opportunity to throw a wrench into her boss’s blossoming relationship with the human psychologist and, to complicate matters further, Kismet’s old boyfriend, self-absorbed Psychologist Tom Radcliffe, shows up with his own outlandish request.

Immortality, anyone?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's wrong with "Immortality, Anyone?"

1:05 PM  
Blogger Lynda Hilburn said...

What's wrong, indeed!!
Thanks for the great suggestion!

7:30 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hi Lynda,
How about Radio a Vampire?

12:44 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hi Lynda
Kismet A Vampire?
Immortal Knight?
Immortal Shrink?
Calling of Hungry?
Retro Vampire?

1:05 AM  
Blogger Auryn Grigori said...

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1:12 AM  
Blogger Auryn Grigori said...

Either Talk Soul or Soul Talk

I think it would fit because vampires are famous for not having them and that is what psychology means, literally "talk about your soul."

1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about one of these.
Crimson thoughts
bleeding minds
dark mind
remember the light


6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lynda,
May I suggest "Keeping the Reaping?", to maintain the "harvest" thought?

Or "Gathering Dark"?

Best wishes - Jeanne x

6:29 AM  
Blogger Lynda Hilburn said...

Dear Lisa, Lisa, Auryn, JSP and Jeanne: Thanks for the great suggestions! Into the hat they go!
grins, Lynda

8:14 AM  
Blogger Pam P said...

How about Blood Harvest?

4:37 PM  
Blogger Lynda Hilburn said...

Great suggestion, Pam! Thanks bunches.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sent an Email to you (look for with my suggestions. I must say some of the suggestions others have come up with are really great too (Maybe I should have looked at your comments before just sending an email directly to you , but I didn't see any like what I came up with thank goodness *laugh*). It sure sounds like it's going to be a great book; can't wait till it's finished and published! Still have to go get book one...will do that this weekend for certain!
Risa (aka:Kelli_Shannon Ravenswing)

1:39 AM  
Blogger Shesawriter said...

I like Immortality, Anyone? too. I like it a lot. :-)

Here's some more:

1. Dark Knight

2. Knight of Darkness

2. Dark Kismet

3. Remember the Knight

4. Knight Harvest

5. Shrink the Knight

6. Knight Shrinker

(yeah, those last two are pretty bad.) LOL! I need to go to bed. I'm getting sleepy. ;-)

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha! I already gave you this idea and I still think it fits:

Dark Illusion

And now I see you're offering a sweet little bribe in the form of Rocky Mtn chocolates. want chocolate...

luv ya!

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the blog. Love the chocolate working on a title right now. But most of all I love the character named Tom Radcliffe. Hahaha, that's my husband's name.

Tina Radcliffe :)

5:43 PM  

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