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Guest blogger: Nicole Terry

21 January 2018

What’s in a name? On naming a series

To name a series or not.

Some authors and publishers like them, some don’t. At least, not with a first book. I know of writers with series that aren’t named until the third, fourth, or even sixth book. Not calling a set of connected books a ‘series’ is understandable. Depending on the type of publishing contract you have, the next few books may not get contracted. And as a romance reader, there’s nothing worse than discovering a fabulous book, learning its parts one and two of a series … and part three won’t get published.

But I knew in advance my book would be part of a series. The characters were so definitely intertwined in my mind they couldn’t NOT be a series. I created some suggestions, random and oddball ones because that’s how I roll. And sure enough, my publisher asked if I had any suggestions for a series title for my upcoming book, Crazy on You. (Nice how that works out, no?) And thanks to my editor, I’d already narrowed down the list of potentials.

The question was, of the ones I had, which one to choose?

A series title does a lot in a little. You think coming up with a 200-word blurb or set of 140 characters to describe your book is bad, try using less than ten. It needs to explain the connection between the books. Some names are easy. With Kristen Ashley’s Rock Chick series, the series name originates from shared words in the titles. With Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series, all the books have a central reference location.

Personally, I knew I wanted something that spoke to the heart of the book. Something connected to each of the heroines’ journeys to romance. It also needed to be something pithy yet catchy that could intrigue a reader at first glance.

I looked at the choices, scanning options such as WV Love, Kidnapped by Love, Country Lovin’, and Love in the Time of Cars. Diane, the heroine in the first book, does love her car more than some people and she does get kidnapped … But what about the next book or the one after that? Those heroines may not have the same set of problems.

I needed something that encompassed Diane and the elements I thought made her story stand out from other romances. Elements that included adventure, suspense, and craziness in equal measures. That’s a lot of work to put on a few words. And if you’re taking the time to name something, you’d best make it a damned good one!

After a consult with my editor, we narrowed down the choices until …

Love in the Fast Lane won the race.

I think it does a good job of covering all those elements I mentioned earlier. It showcases the adventure the heroine goes through to find love but also the trouble that seems to dog her footsteps. It gives a hint to the speed of the plot.

And in case you were wondering, yes, cars do play a key role in Crazy on You as well the other books. Which is ironic because I’m not at all a car person. I barely know how mine functions and I’m that person who gets the oil changed only once a year. And let’s not talk about my driving record! Just ask my family, my driving instructors (notice the plural!), the sheriff’s deputies near my house, and that frog starin’ down at me from Heaven.

Nicole Terry is a southern gal with northern sensibilities or, depending on the day, a northern gal with southern sensibilities, thanks in large part to the unique location of her home. Writing allows her to share the crazy that results from the dichotomy. She believes in the healing power of laughter, Cherry Dr Pepper, Justin Timberlake and, most importantly, happily ever after. Crazy on You is her first book and her homage to her random tendencies, love of alpha heroes, and soft spot for women who find love in the craziest ways. Visit her website for even more crazysauce awesomeness on her blog.

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Crazy on You

Diane Thompson wakes up in the backseat of her car, shocked to find she’s acquired a chauffeur. Realizing she’s been inadvertently kidnapped, she swears off tequila—and Chili’s—then dials 9-1-1. But her rescue comes at a cost. Her savior, too-macho-for-words Lt. Cole Anderson, refuses to let Diane out of his sight until her kidnappers are apprehended. He’s already lost one woman he cared about due to his inattention; he’s not letting it happen a second time.

But Diane isn’t a damsel-in-distress type of girl. When it turns out the criminals left a valuable item in her car and they want it back, involving Cole isn’t part of her plan and not only because the criminals have forbidden her from involving the cops. Men are like birds—messy, easily distracted, and only around when there’s something to eat. She’s got this. All she has to do is find and return the item in question to the drug runners threatening her life, survive a high-speed car chase, and keep her vow to never trust a man with her heart.

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One Comment
  1. 21 January 2018 6:59 pm

    Thanks for lettin’ me visit!

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