How do You Come Up with a Title for Your Book?

How do you come up with a title for your book?

If you’ve glanced at the titles of my books, you’ll notice they are very similar. I did that because they’re a cohesive series and I wanted them to all fit together nicely. The first and last chapter of each book is a continuing story in itself, related to the stand-alone story in each volume. I’ve never seen this technique used before, but as I haven’t read every book out there in the world, perhaps another author has done this and I am simply unaware.

I suppose I could have spent more time thinking of nifty titles, like most popular novels, but the ones I decided upon were the best I could do at the time. I sometimes think I’m not very good at this part of being an author. (Maybe I should get some help!) They aren’t exactly creative or inventive even if each one is descriptive of its own unique story. When I started this series, I had every intention of writing a whole bunch of these, and I still have that hope, but certain life happenings in the past few months have hampered my ability to write, so we will have to wait and see how it goes. 

Thank you for stopping by. I sincerely hope my little blog occasionally brings a spot of color to your day. ~

How Long Have I Been Writing?

I started trying to write (I say trying because I had an awful lot to learn, but didn’t know it at the time) when my daughter was a baby. She will turn forty this year, so that tells you how long I’ve been at this. My first impulse to write came from reading the Harlequin Romance books that were popular back in the 80’s. Some of the books were quite good, but some of them . . . well, let’s just say I knew I could do better. So I poked at it, just for fun, to see what might happen. 

Before I could get very far with my new ambition, another baby came along and so I had to set writing on the back burner for awhile (as any mother will understand) although I didn’t give up on the idea. I scribbled some thoughts here and there when I had time, and a few years later I joined a book club where you’d buy one book a month at a discount. These were books for writers and they covered everything you needed to know to be successful. I was thrilled, and it was easier to read while my kids were little than to write. 

I homeschooled my children from kindergarten age through high school, so that adventure took up every last bit of time I had. Yet, I did manage to read every book I could get my hands on that taught me how to write. I spent many years on that project and learned a great deal. When my kids were old enough to begin pursuing their own interests, I found I had small chunks of time here and there where I could think my own thoughts and maybe, just possibly, create a story that could be interesting. For the next several years, I tried to write as much as I could and did manage to produce a fat novel, but when it came time to find an agent, which you had to do back then, the real struggle became apparent—because it was just about impossible to get anyone to look at you unless you were Somebody. You’d hear stories of someone being discovered in the ‘slush pile’ as they used to call it, but I was never that fortunate. 

So, I decided to spend my time writing another book, and another. I had written three or four full-length novels when we had to move across the country, and during that process my paper manuscripts were lost as well as the computer on which they were stored. This was a bit discouraging, to lose everything after all that hard work, and so I gave up on my hope to become a writer—until just last year when it suddenly occurred to me that, since my kids were now married and on their own, there was absolutely no good reason that I couldn’t begin to write again and try to produce a story that someone might like; and happily, publishing your book is much easier nowadays. There are opportunities available everywhere. 

I’ve written six books in my series so far, and I hope to write several more as it is the most fun! Well, I amuse myself anyway, and spend much of my time giggling at the antics of my characters. I sincerely hope my readers will thoroughly enjoy their journey through my books. ~

Update on The Baker and the Cowboy

I don’t check the stats on my books often, (maybe only once a month), mainly because they don’t change much from day to day. So it was quite a surprise today when I happened to notice that fourteen people had given me nice ratings on Amazon. This really made my day. It’s so nice when you can make other people laugh and smile. That’s really all the reward I need.

Free for the next 5 days!

Free for the next 5 days!

This is the first book in the Catalyst Series of clean cowboy romances. These are short romances, most of them are a little over 100 pages; perfect for reading on your lunch hour (or a few lunch hours, depending on how fast you read). Here’s a synopsis:

To B&B or not to B&B. That is the question for Bethany. She’s lost her boyfriend, her apartment, and her job. Catrina gives her an airplane ticket to Idaho to work for someone who wants to start a new bed and breakfast. A baker at heart, Bethany leaps at the opportunity to leave the city behind her and soon finds herself surrounded by pristine mountains.

Her new boss welcomes her warmly but his son, Beau, reacts to her in the opposite extreme. He’s adamant that a B&B will never work. His antagonistic attitude to the whole plan and his desire to send Bethany packing puts her in a tailspin.

When Beau turns into a recluse, Bethany asks about his background and discovers he’s been badly abused. She decides she must help him, and requests that he teach her how to ride a horse. When she suffers a concussion due to a freak accident, which he believes is his fault, Beau has a change of heart.

Free Audiobook on YouTube

If you like audiobooks, check out this free romantic comedy book by Carolyn Kay Hanson (me) 😀 The YouTube Channel is my name, just type it in, or the title of the book, and it should pop right up. Enjoy! This book is also available on Amazon in Kindle Unlimited or paperback.

The Baker and the Cowboy

Need something new and different to read? Try this romantic comedy featuring an Idaho cowboy and a girl who wants to start her own Bed and Breakfast so she can bake muffins every morning! Clean contemporary romance. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

A Fun Christmas Story . . .

. . . and a great last minute gift idea! Kindle or paperback, on sale for 99cents (Kindle) until the end of the year! (Synopsis below)

Celina is the director of a prestigious ballet school in Dallas. Her father passed away recently and her elderly mother is living all by herself on a ranch in Montana. The hired man just quit and she must find someone to run the ranch until they can sell it, and convince her mother to move back with her to the city.

Catrina’s Uncle Cody, from Book 1, leaves his cattle ranch in Idaho and goes to Montana to help take care of the ranch. When he learns of Celina’s predicament—that her mother refuses to leave—he begins hatching a plan to help her.

In despair, Celina decides she will have to quit her beloved teaching job in order to care for her mother. She returns to Dallas to finish teaching her final semester, planning to come back to Montana during spring break; but when she arrives at the ranch, she finds that the furniture and belongings are gone, and so is her mother!

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