Help Me with a Title 10


I mentioned the other day that I’ve written a short (as in 12K) story that has Sam proposing to Rosie (they’re the couple in Personal Protection).  After his original plans are thwarted, Sam’s determined to get down on one knee and propose. He’s got the whole night planned–they’ll spend Thanksgiving Day with Rosie’s parents, then he’ll bring her back to their swanky New York hotel where he’s arranged for champagne, candlelight, hundreds of roses, complete with a chocolate fountain with fresh strawberries and pineapple to make the perfect atmosphere for his proposal. He’s even created a very special playlist of their favorite romantic songs. But things go awry before he can get her back to the hotel and he’s forced to improvise.

But I’ve run into a problem — the story doesn’t have a title!  I like to work the title into the text wherever I can and it’s stopping me from writing those final few paragraphs to tie everything together.  Not to mention that I can’t get the cover art done without a title. I would like it to be alliterative to match the rest of the series, but the other freebie, First Night, isn’t alliterative, so I can break with tradition.

Help me out, here are some suggested titles, tell me which one you think works best:


10 thoughts on “Help Me with a Title

    • Leah B

      Yes, I do. (But it’s also good blog fodder, LOL) But as you can tell, I’m still debating…One of these days I’ll figure out how to make a decision. 😉

      • Anara Bella

        It’s not you. Title’s are really hard–both to come up with and decide on–because you want one that’s perfect for the story. I’ve been dithering over a title for my current wip for months now, so you’re not alone with the indecisiveness thing. LOL

        Anara
        http://www.AnaraBella.com

  • Zee

    The original plan (roses, chocolate fountain) sounds awfully impersonal–perfect, but not particular. If the story’s being marketed as a sort of add-on to Personal Protection, is Personal Proposal a good idea, or too likely to confuse people looking for the novel?

    I like the humility emphasized by On Bended Knee, but I don’t get the sense that it summarizes the message of the story all that well.

    Not sure I’m helping, here.

    • Leah Braemel

      That is why I was asking, Zee. Would you find Personal Proposal too confusing? Or any other title with double Ps in the title? I am not sold on Perfect Proposal because it isn’t (in Sam’s eyes a perfect proposal) and I even considered Imperfect Proposal…

      • Zee

        I would find it less confusing, actually, the way I shop. I would know it wasn’t a stand-alone, and if your stuff is ever listed alphabetically it would come right next to its mothership.

        Sorry for wandering away, there.

        • Leah Braemel

          Thanks, Zee. I had been considering Personal Proposal too. I’m still dithering — considering I need a title before I can get any cover art done for it, that’s not a good thing.

  • Mary G

    Hi Leah
    That fact that Sam doesn’t think it’s perfect is perfect for those two if you know what I mean. I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks.

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