Monday, November 5, 2007

A Late Post and A Little Contest

I know, it's late. Sorry!

This Friday, the Manuscript Mavens will be playing hostess to Deanna Lee, author and co-founder/co-owner of Cobblestone Press, the publisher of Carnally Ever After. (She's also my acquiring editor, which means I extra adore her for adoring my book.)

In celebration, I'm hosting a little contest here this week. You see, I have an idea for a story that won't go away, but the only title I can come up for it just doesn't seem to be flying with test audiences thus far. I'm posting the "hook" I've written for the story below. Since I realize you might need more than 100 words to come up with a title, and since the hook really focuses on the hero, you can check out this post for more information about the heroine.

Here's the hook:

The Peninsular Wars may have ended more than a year ago, but they’re not over for Colonel Jack Prescott. Cursed with an eidetic memory, Jack can recite the names and see the faces of every man he sent into battle, hear their dying howls of agony, and taste the bitter flavor of their fear. Awake or asleep, he can’t escape the twisted, violent images or his remorse for having knowingly condemned so many soldiers to certain death. That is, until he chances upon perhaps the one woman who can accept him without judgment or condemnation.

‘Tis pity she’s a whore.

Now, for the rules and prizes. You may enter as may title possibilities as you like. One lucky poster, drawn at random, will receive a $5 Cobblestone Press gift certificate. That's enough to buy Carnally Ever After and still have a little left over. I'll draw next Monday.


Anonymous said...

Lest Ye Be Judged

That's just what came to mind when I read your teaser and the scene on the other blog. I can't wait to read this one!

Ericka Scott said...

I have a couple....

Tis Pity...
The Soldier and the Doxie (or another regency term for prostitute that would be catchy)
Never Forget

Sorry I'm not terrific at titles~

Ericka Scott said...

Thought of more while I was over at Fanlit Forever...

Bird of Paradise
Paradise Found
"Lady" Love

Okay...none of them any I'll give it a rest~

Jackie Barbosa said...

Well, not getting a lot of suggestions so far, but I'm still hoping for more.

Here are a few that have crossed my mind:

Never a Lady
Yours Until Morning
Yours Tonight, Mine Always
Calliope's Song
Only Yours

Maybe those along with the other suggestions will get someone's juices flowing!

Dawne' said...

Well, I thought I'd add a couple myself:

Vestiges of War
Cries of the Fallen
Faith/Faithful to the Fallen
Repentant of/for Duty
Bridled by Love / Honor
An Officer and Jezebel *snickers*

Ericka Scott said...

Oh...I like the "An Officer and A Jezebel"...a play on An Officer and a Gentleman ---

Anonymous said...

"An Officer and A Jezebel"...I like that one too!

Maggie Robinson said...

The Colonel's Curse
Remember Me
Hear my Heart
Whispers on the Wind

Ericka Scott said...

Or the Officer and the Courtesan...

Tessa Dare said...

I can't think of any right now, but the blurb is fantastic! I'm desperate to read it. I'll keep thinking about it and see if I can come up with something after some coffee....