Saturday, November 13, 2010

I need a title...

Here’s my front yard. Falling from a gray sky, the snow is blanketing the ground like it plans on staying for a while.

The weather man predicted this, and following his words of warning, I ran all of my errands yesterday, made sure there would be no reason for me to venture onto the first roads of winter. And dear hubby, bless his heart, filled the wood boxes before he left for another trek up north to the hunting shacks. So, on this fine Saturday morning, the fire is crackling, a fresh pot of coffee is perking, and my pony car is safe and warm in the garage, all there is left for me to do is pull up my work in progress and start writing.

A blessed day.

If only I had a title for this latest story. It’s a short one, only 15,000 words and targeted for HQN’s Undone line. Usually a title comes to me long before now. The hero is Marshal Cord Donavon, and the heroine, Florence Rockford. She’s a widow, had been married to the youngest brother of a notorious outlaw gang—the Winter Brothers. Cord has the remaining brothers is his El Dorado jail, awaiting trial. While apprehending the brothers, Cord had been shot, and it had been Florie who found him, and nursed him back to health. Three months later, she arrives in El Dorado, set on telling Cord she’s in the family way and the baby is his, when she discovers her dead husband’s brothers are in jail, and her mother-in-law is attempting to break them out.

Thoughts? Any good titles jump to mind?

Leave a comment, or email me at Lauri.robinson AT If I choose your suggestion, I’ll send you a PDF of Guardian Bride, the Quinter Brides Book 4.

Thanks in advance for your help, and enjoy the weather, no matter what type you are experiencing, for every day, whether warm or cold, sunny or cloudy, is a gift.


Redameter said...

Hard to Handle
Decision at Dawn
El Dorado Bride

L.E. Brown said...

Lots to do with what about The Family Way?

Jules said...

How about:

Family Feud
The Widow's Woes
A Family Affair
Florie's Story
Complications in El Dorado
Family Matters
Breakout in El Dorado

Jill James said...

The weather here is glorious. Supposed to be 75 today. This is why I live in California.

Jailbreak Baby
All in the Family

Lauri said...

Oh, my! What a list of fabulous title suggestions! Choosing one is going to be harder than not having one!

Thanks, all, and keep them coming!

Penny Rader said...

Will they get married in the story? You could call it something like The Marshall Takes a Wife/Bride.

Jannine Gallant said...

Hi Lauri,

I'm in Tahoe with snow on the ground, so I can relate.

My title suggestions:

After Winter
Winter's End
Spring Reckoning

Good luck with your story!

Joyce Henderson said...

Marshall Donovan's Widow
Mama Comes Calling

Lilly Gayle said...

Winter's Widow?

Something along the lines of the seasons to play on the outlaws name?

I wrote a historical that was originally called American Beauty--after the ship and the woman in the story. But since there's a movie by the same title, I didn't like it. I kept thinking it needed to be changed. And while I was giving the story yet another read-through a line jumped out at me.

"Well, he’d done it now. Despite his slightly tarnished reputation, Nicole had married him."

Then there was this other line along the same vain:

“Here’s to errant Knights in tarnished armor.”

It was like an on-going theme. So, I changed the title to Slightly Tarnished. And TWRP will be publishing it sometime next year.

So, is there a word or catch phrase in your story that jumps out at you?

Caroline Clemmons said...

Great title suggestions. Here are a few to toss into the mix.

Donovan's Bride
Donovan's Choice
Florie's Choice
El Dorado Showdown

I like Lilly's suggestion. There must be a phrase in your story that inspires a title.

Jillian said...

Rockford's Secret
Rockford's Dilemma

Lots of good choices here- hope you find the right one.

Lorrri said...

Hi Lauri, I think the plot is interesting and sounds like a lot for 15,000 words - I tried and tried to come up with something for you - nothing... but I like the story :-)
Lori L