Monday, August 31, 2009


Help me rename my contemporary romance (set at the beach, woo hoo!) and win FOUR BOOKS!

Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot
Love Finds You in Humble, Texas by Anita Higman (signed copy)
Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida by Debby Mayne (signed copy)
Ruby's Slippers by Leeanna Ellis

I'll run this contest for a week (or as long as it takes to find a good one, lol). Vote for someone else's, volunteer your own . . . if I decide to use one, the creator will be the winner. If I don't use one, then the most popular will win.

Here's some info on the story (summary reflects current title and hasn't exactly been fine-tuned):

She says her love is forever. He says she's stuck in the past.

Louisa hates being a statistic, but one bad decision has forever changed her life. Branded as a biracial, teenaged mother, it’s easy to forget over the years all the potential she once had. And she doesn’t for a minute regret giving up on college to raise the twins . . . but sometimes she wishes she had the courage to tell their father they exist. And when they finally start asking about him the summer before third grade, she knows it's time.

Rem has a comfortable life in D.C., a great job in the tech department of the CIA, and a beautiful fiancĂ©. But when Louisa sends him a note asking him to come to North Carolina, he knows he has to go. He’s long regretted what happened between them nine years ago. But when he arrives in the Outer Banks and meets his kids, he can't deny that God had a plan all along.

It doesn’t take long for him to turn Louisa’s world upside-down. She knows she’ll never fit into his, but he wants to give her back some of her dreams. All well and good—except that the thing she wants most is the one thing he won’t give: his love.

As one storm after another rolls through her formerly-peaceful coastal life, Louisa begins to wonder what the Lord’s plan is for her. The man she’s loved so long won’t let her close, her best friend is still determined to make her his wife, and her kids are feeling torn between their world in OBX and Rem’s in D.C. She wants to believe this long night of her heart will soon be over . . . but does anything better wait for her in the morning?


  1. Hmm...nice plot and lots of title fodder here.


    That's all that's coming to me now, but I haven't finished my coffee yet. If I come up with more, I'll shoot you an e-mail.

  2. Hey Roseanna. We live in SC and love to visit the OB with our fifth wheel. The storms there can be wicked! You also mentioned storms of Louisa's life which brings me to title ideas.


    Hope you find your title!!

    Debbie Lynne

  3. Oo, love the word 'tempest'! And the night idea, Deb. Why didn't I think of those? Keep 'em coming, ladies!

  4. As one who s-t-r-u-g-g-l-e-s with naming my own book titles, I think your blog contest is a terrific idea. In fact, asking for help on your blog is great, contest or not.

    here's my efforts...
    Love Makes a Way
    Eternal Love
    Forever Love
    Stronger than the Sea
    Deeper than the Sea
    Currents of Love
    Tides of Love
    Never Failing Love
    Ebb Tide
    Forever Faithful

    Mary P

  5. I was trying to think of something with tide too, Mary! We could combine it with what Roseanna's already said she likes - Nighttime Tempest of the Tide. (There's the winning title right there, right, RO?)

  6. You are HI-larious, Stephanie;-) Tide's good though . . . and Mary's "Deeper than the Sea." My brain's gonna be chugging along with all these suggestions! You guys rock! Even though we all know you're just in it for the free books . . . ;-)

  7. Maybe something like:
    Unexpected Dreams
    Dream's Tempest

  8. I'm usually bad with titles, Roseanna. But I'm getting this picture of treasure that washes up on a beach after several years of being missing. It sounds a little generic, but what about
    Treasures of the Heart.

    Don't enter me in the drawing. My bookshelf is sagging as it is! I hope you find the perfect title. I was struggling with this a few weeks ago and then the title just sort of came to me. Of course, the publisher (whoever that may be) will possibly change it anyway.

  9. Great visual, Melanie! And I know, I know, titles are soooo often changed. I just want something that'll stick in their mind at conference, lol. They can then decide it doesn't work, so long as it grabs them at first! ;-)

    And don't get me started on sagging shelves. Seriously. Until I sent out 50 or so to reviewers today, I had well over 100 waiting for reviews . . . not to mention the ones in MY library!

  10. My original post took up way too much space, so I'm reposting without skipping lines. Sorry about that!


    What a great idea! Just so you know, I'm not doing it for the books. I already own half of them! I have yet to read them, though. I'm a slow reader. *sigh*

    Okay, here's my list:

    Walking Old Shores
    Tides from the Past
    Shores of the Past
    Swept Away
    Sweeping Tides
    Beach Dreams
    Beach Promises
    Building Sandcastles
    Rebuilding Sandcastles
    Sandcastles in the Sky
    On the Shores of Dreams
    On the Shores of Love
    Crashing Waves
    Making Waves
    Crumbling Castles
    Falling Sandcastles
    A New Morning
    Dawning Hope
    Against the Waves
    Against Time

    Okay, I've run dry. :-)

    Good luck!



  11. Woooooooowwww, Sandi! You've got some great ideas in there!

  12. Thanks, Roseanna! I was so wrapped up in trying to think of titles, I forgot to mention what an exciting story this is! I can't wait to get my hands on it, and honestly, I'm not into contemporary. :-)

  13. Aww . . . I am so touched by how interested everyone is in this story. It's weird--I LOVE this book. As in, am totally obsessed with it. I edited it yesterday and kept myself up for TWO HOURS last night thinking about it. Sheesh! But I'm never confident that others will love it like I do, especially since I hate writing blurbs! I was afraid the summary fell flat, so the enthusiasm is wonderful! Thank you all, wonderful ladies!

  14. I feel like these are too lame and obvious, but two possible titles popped out at me from your post.

    Always and Forever
    Long Night of the Soul

  15. Oops, meant

    Long Night of the Heart

  16. Wow, y'all! And to add a few that came in from my Facebook and Shoutlife blogs . . .

    Karen (a.k.a. Mom):
    The Storm Still Raging

    Kristen Johnson:
    Awaken the Dawn

    On Friday, I'm gonna pick my faves, and then we can vote on 'em!