Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Remember When . . . There Were Whispers from the Shadows?

In case y'all haven't seen this already . . . 

I have an official title for my second Culper Ring book! Wooooot! 

For any of you non-writer folk out there who might be scratching your heads going, "Okay... um... what's so exciting about that?" allow me to explain a bit. =) An author's titles aren't always approved by the publishing committee, so they'll then ask for a list of other possible titles and will go from there, sometimes picking from that list but more often using it as a springboard to come up with a title their marketing experts say will sell. I was kinda surprised when there was no discussion on either my first title or series name--they loved both Culper Ring Series and Ring of Secrets. I was warned, however, that the second two books would be talked about. ;-)

So. I'd originally called this book I'm writing now Mask of Truth. The experts at Harvest House didn't think "truth" sounded romantic enough, so asked for other suggestions. I sent them a list of probably two dozen alternatives, LOL, and they took the words I'd listed as appropriate to the story and feel and came up with--drumroll please......

Whispers from the Shadows

Yay!! It's a beautiful title that I totally love, and I'm now having fun weaving its imagery into the story as I write. =)

And of course, one of the first things I changed was the name of my Pinterest board for the book. Which, I might add, is now full to bursting with Regency style clothing that my characters would be wearing, so if you have an intense love for those Jane Austen-esque fashions, you might want to hop over there. ;-)


And while you're browsing through beautiful empire gowns, I will be back in Baltimore of 1814, where poor Gwyneth is even now sitting at a borrowed desk in a rumpled gown with pencil smudges flawing her ivory skin and bizarre drawings before her . . . ;-)

6 comments:

  1. I have old photo's with old gowns being worn by my pre-victorian Grandmothers.... amazing photos. Kim Saynor-Lomas published children's author.

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    1. Oh, treasures! I love that sort of thing. =)

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  2. Beautiful title, and beautiful dress! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Sapphire! I would so love to have a dress like that. *Sigh*

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  3. Love the title! And HOW fun to get to weave it into the book now. Never thought of that.

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  4. I LOVE the title! It is amazing! Seriously, it is. And I love how you can weave it into the story because the way the title is worded. I am SO EXCITED about your Ring of Secrets series! And the novella. And any other upcoming book that I missed! Keep up the excellent writing, I will keep reading!

    PS--I love the dress. Where did you get this photo?

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