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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Will Three Title Changes Be the Charm?

I started my Highland bear-shifter stories with different titles, and I admit to being bad with titles. Book three was initially A HIGHLANDER'S SANCTUARY since most of the story takes place in Ronan's little log cabin hidden farther into the Highlands. A place where he likes to go to get away from what he considers crowds at the Matheson Lodge. There he can shift and let his inner bear run wild without fear of detection. This is his home. A place he built mainly himself.

 
Soon after I'd submitted my first manuscript with a title I no longer recall, my editor thought we should change all the titles and have them similar, focusing more on the romantic end than the paranormal. Fine with me. What do I know about what types of titles sell? So, all three books got new names: A HIGHLANDER'S OBSESSION, A HIGHLANDER'S PASSION and A HIGHLANDER'S HEART.
 

A meeting was held in New York this week about changing the focus more toward the paranormal aspect of the series. The title for book three, due out in October, has been changed to BEARING IT ALL. The cover will focus more on the paranormal part of the story. I don't have the cover yet, but I'm dying to see it.
 
My editor is currently reading the manuscript and I'm beyond eager to hear her reaction for it's a bit different than the previous two. But different is one thing I do best. I deal in unique.

21 comments:

Angela Adams said...

Ronan's cabin looks like the perfect place to write!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

It does, doesn't it? For him, it's a place to read...until a female visitor knocks at his door one dark night. The same one who dropped from the sky and landed on his bear.

Original Chele said...

I eagerly await the next story and the new cover, The cabin looks great and the title sounds naughty lol.

Deb Sisler said...

Vonnie, I so very much love your Highlander Series. I would love to go to this cabin and crawl up against Ronan.

Grannymama said...

Love the cabin - I can see Ronan relaxing here. I also love the new name. Cynthia

Jannine Gallant said...

Interesting. Seems odd they'd change to a non-matching title to end the series. But, I'm not even going to pretend to understand how a publisher thinks. Obviously they hope it'll sell more copies of your book. I hope it works!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Chele, the title does sound naughty. They've got it up on Amazon already.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Deb, there's a scene where Brother Bear, as Ronan calls him, shifts while Ronan's asleep on the sofa and rips his sleep pants to shreds. The bear wants to go into the sleeping alcove to wake up Anisa to make friends. She pulls her revolver out from under her pillow and he takes off, shifting back into Ronan. Who has no clue what his other half was up to.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

I love the new name, too, once I've gotten over the shock of them changing the whole process, Cynthia.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Jannine, I was told before book one came out, to push the romantic end of the book, not the paranormal because it was passé. Yet I kept seeing lots of paranormal books coming out and doing quite well. By book two, the editor said she wanted it half and half and was thrilled I'd found that balance. Now, it seems to be more about the paranormal. While they won't change the titles, they are giving some thought to changing the covers if the paranormal cover on book 3 attracts more attention. Go figure!

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