Historical and Contemporary Romance Author

A Late Post and A Little Contest

I know, it’s late. Sorry!

This Friday, the Manuscript Mavens will be playing hostess to Deanna Lee, author and co-founder/co-owner of Cobblestone Press, the publisher of Carnally Ever After. (She’s also my acquiring editor, which means I extra adore her for adoring my book.)

In celebration, I’m hosting a little contest here this week. You see, I have an idea for a story that won’t go away, but the only title I can come up for it just doesn’t seem to be flying with test audiences thus far. I’m posting the “hook” I’ve written for the story below. Since I realize you might need more than 100 words to come up with a title, and since the hook really focuses on the hero, you can check out this post for more information about the heroine.

Here’s the hook:

The Peninsular Wars may have ended more than a year ago, but they’re not over for Colonel Jack Prescott. Cursed with an eidetic memory, Jack can recite the names and see the faces of every man he sent into battle, hear their dying howls of agony, and taste the bitter flavor of their fear. Awake or asleep, he can’t escape the twisted, violent images or his remorse for having knowingly condemned so many soldiers to certain death. That is, until he chances upon perhaps the one woman who can accept him without judgment or condemnation.

‘Tis pity she’s a whore.

Now, for the rules and prizes. You may enter as may title possibilities as you like. One lucky poster, drawn at random, will receive a $5 Cobblestone Press gift certificate. That’s enough to buy Carnally Ever After and still have a little left over. I’ll draw next Monday.


  • Rain November 5, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    Lest Ye Be Judged

    That’s just what came to mind when I read your teaser and the scene on the other blog. I can’t wait to read this one!

  • Ericka Scott November 7, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    I have a couple….

    Tis Pity…
    The Soldier and the Doxie (or another regency term for prostitute that would be catchy)
    Never Forget

    Sorry I’m not terrific at titles~

  • Ericka Scott November 7, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Thought of more while I was over at Fanlit Forever…

    Bird of Paradise
    Paradise Found
    “Lady” Love

    Okay…none of them any good…so I’ll give it a rest~

  • Jackie Barbosa November 7, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Well, not getting a lot of suggestions so far, but I’m still hoping for more.

    Here are a few that have crossed my mind:

    Never a Lady
    Yours Until Morning
    Yours Tonight, Mine Always
    Calliope’s Song
    Only Yours

    Maybe those along with the other suggestions will get someone’s juices flowing!

  • Dawné Dominique November 8, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Well, I thought I’d add a couple myself:

    Vestiges of War
    Cries of the Fallen
    Faith/Faithful to the Fallen
    Repentant of/for Duty
    Bridled by Love / Honor
    An Officer and Jezebel *snickers*

  • Ericka Scott November 8, 2007 at 11:59 am

    Oh…I like the “An Officer and A Jezebel”…a play on An Officer and a Gentleman —

  • Whisper November 8, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    “An Officer and A Jezebel”…I like that one too!

  • Maggie Robinson November 9, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    The Colonel’s Curse
    Remember Me
    Hear my Heart
    Whispers on the Wind

  • Ericka Scott November 11, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Or the Officer and the Courtesan…

  • Tessa Dare November 12, 2007 at 7:38 am

    I can’t think of any right now, but the blurb is fantastic! I’m desperate to read it. I’ll keep thinking about it and see if I can come up with something after some coffee….


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