Monday, May 18, 2015

Novelette Finished! Help Me Pick a Title

Hi, friends! In my last post I announced that I'm self-pubbing my second novel, Martinis with the Devil, this November. As part of the ramp-up to the big release day, I'm writing a couple novelettes with the same characters. And yesterday I finished the rough draft of the first one! Huzzah!

I'm pretty pleased with it overall. It needs a ton of editing, but I'm really happy with how it ended up. My muse threw a surprise twist into the climax that I wasn't expecting, as I was in the middle of writing it. Love it when that happens! And the final scene wrapped up nicely too.

So! I need to pick a title so I can get my cover artist going on the design. I was hoping to find something jazzy and fun continuing with my alcohol theme (doesn't have to be a martini, but something). I usually make a list of keywords that represent imagery or themes from the book, and then play with those. And this novelette is set in Rio de Janeiro, so I want to reflect that somehow. These are the three contenders:

Tequila Moonrise
Revenge on the Rocks
Black Magic Tango

**Late entry: Black Magic and Mojitos** New fave I think!

The last one is my favorite. I think it sounds appropriate for the urban fantasy genre, has a Latin flare, and also sounds fun and sassy like Martinis with the Devil. But no cute drink reference or pun.

What do you think? What's your favorite? Any additional contenders to throw into the ring?



  1. I like Black Magic Tango, too. Or you could do Black Magic Mojitos to keep with the drink theme.

    I think this is so awesome for you! :hugs:

  2. I also like Black Magic Tango, but Revenge on the Rocks sounds cool too so long as there's actually.. revenge involved haha

  3. That's awesome!
    I like both the first and the last one.

  4. I think Black Magic Tango sounds exotic and exciting! My vote's for that one.

    By the way, if you're not busy on May 30, you might like to join the "Favorite Vacation Spot" hop. It would get some new readers and authors (including bestselling author Melanie Karsak) to your blog to get familiar with you and your soon-to-be-published works. (Rules and linky on my blog - I'd love to know what your favorite vacay spot is!)

  5. Yeah, Black Magic Tango does sound more urban fantasy. The first one reminds me more of shapeshifters (I think it's the "moonrise" part), and the middle one sounds more thriller/mystery. And I love Black Magic and Mojitos. It has the urban fantasy part and continues the alcohol theme.

  6. How cool your muse gave you a great twist at the end! Congrats for finishing your novelette. I think for consistency you should definitely have a drink reference. So Black Magic and Mojitos is a great one. :)

  7. I do like Black Magic and Mojitos, as well as Revenge on the Rocks. Can't wait to hear what you pick!

  8. They are all good, but I think my fav. is Black Magic and Mojitos. Has a fun sound to it...:)


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