OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy title might seem misleading, but this isn’t a post about sex. Not even chocolate. Nope, my worst obsession is words. I spend way too much time trying to find the exact, perfect words to use. This goes from titles, to blurbs, to the words in the book.

I’m not the only one. I recently wrote a novella that will be in a Halloween box set soon. About seven of the nine writers were going back and forth for two or three days until we found a title that clicked with all of us. Entranced: A Halloween Box Set

I’m the same way with names. I can’t write a story until the name feels ‘right’ to me. And blurbs … I can drive myself and my writer friends a little crazy with my blurbs. Other times, though, they just come to me. I’m much better than I used to be. And for the Halloween novella, we needed to send in a short blurb to the person in charge of the formatting. (Magical Musing’s Mary Hughes – thanks, Mary!).

This is the short blurb I ended up with for The Halloween Prince:

A sudden storm, a broken van, and a ghost dog take widowed Sarah Lowtower to a cabin in the Wisconsin countryside and an intriguing man who becomes her secret lover. But when he becomes the Halloween Prince, everything changes.

I did have help with it. I think it was Michelle Diener or Dale Mayer. Or it could’ve been Mary.

Here’s the longer one:

The Halloween Prince

A sudden storm and a ghost dog…

HalloweenPrince 300z429_300dpiWidowed young, Sarah Lowtower doesn’t believe in magic. Even without a man, her heart is full with her two children, two dogs, and one cat. She had her true love. So when her van breaks down on a country road, and a scruffy terrier mix that resembles her late husband’s old dog leads her to a cabin, she isn’t looking for lightning to happen a second time.

And then lightning strikes…

When a beautiful woman knocks on the door of his weekend cabin, Ryan Ramsay thinks she followed him, hoping to join the Rich Wives Club. But he soon finds out that Sarah doesn’t know who he is and doesn’t want or need a rich husband … or any man. Too bad, because in the short time she shelters in his cabin, he wants her.

The enthrallment begins…

 This good looking, smart, and funny man awakens Sarah’s sleeping sensuality. She doesn’t want to confuse her children, but would taking a secret lover be so bad?

What about you? What are your obsessions?

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4 Responses to Obsessions

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Edie,

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who obsesses over character names! I can spend hours getting the right one. It used to be days though, so is that an improvement? Lol. I love your blurb! Can’t wait to see this one come out!

  2. I’m with you too. I obsess about words, and most of the time, it’s minor words that nobody would probably even notice or care about but me. LOL.
    Jennifer Estep`s last blog was …Guest blog: Danielle L. Jensen on Stolen Songbird …

  3. I’m the same. I know no one but me cares, but that’s okay. As long as I’m happy, right? 🙂
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Cover Reveal: The Silver Pear

  4. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Edie,

    Hope you are enjoying your holiday! As for words… I appear to be the opposite from all of you. I pick a name and go with it until the right one ‘comes’ to me then I do a ‘replace all’ in the book. For spots where the right word doesn’t pop up – I use XXX to mark the spot and carry right on! lol. Titles are generally easy for me, but if I do obsess it will be on the title. 🙂
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …A sweet new deal!!! 99 cents for 10 Killer Romances!

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