Sabrina Jeffries (When the Rogue Returns) is the NYT bestselling author of 37 novels. With over 7 million books in print, the North Carolina author never regrets leaving her budding career in academics for the joy of writing fun fiction.
Why I Hate Titling Books
I admit it—choosing a title for this book was a royal pain in the arse. My original choice was The Science of Seduction, because the hero is kind of a geek—a handsome, well-built, rich lord geek who doesn’t like people. Much. Except maybe the heroine. I also thought it would go along with The Art of Sinning, but my publishing team said it sounded too, well, science-y and not romance-y enough (I guess the word “seduction” didn’t make up for “science”).
They suggested The Alchemy of Attraction. Okay, how many of you know what alchemy means without looking it up? And for those who do, how many of you heard the word and instantly thought of medievals and knights in armor? Is there anyone left now? Anyone? Anyone?
That’s what I thought. So I pondered a while and came up with The Study of Seduction, which was less science-y, but still geeky. Then, to seal the deal, I ran all three titles by my street team. Out of 35 responses, over half preferred The Study of Seduction to either of the other two. The final score was 18 for Study, 9 for Science, and 8 for Alchemy. So science really didn’t go over well, which I find interesting. I’ve always gone for geeks.
So now I’m curious. Which title would make you pick it up? Does “alchemy” make you think of medieval romances? Does science put you off? Any other suggestions? (I hope to be titling a whole lot more books as The X of X, assuming that readers like the series. My next one is The Danger of Desire.) Anyone who makes a suggestion will be entered to win a copy of both The Art of Sinning and What Happens Under the Mistletoe, the first two stories in the Sinful Suitors series!
When Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough, agrees to help his best friend’s impetuous ward, Lady Clarissa Lindsey, in her time of need, he knows he’s in for trouble. He’s been hunting for someone to wed, and she’ll just get in the way. Although captivated by the whip-smart, free-spirited beauty, he fears she’d be all wrong as a wife … if she would even take such a gruff cynic for her husband. Too bad he wants nothing more than to have her for his own.Clarissa has no intention of marrying anyone—not Edwin, whom she’s sure would be an overbearing husband, and certainly not the powerful French diplomat stalking her. But when matters escalate with the diplomat, she chooses Edwin’s gallant offer of a marriage between friends in hopes that it will deter her stalker. She expects nothing more than an amiable union, but their increasingly tempestuous kisses prove more than she bargained for. When her stalker’s vow to expose the lovers’ deepest secrets threatens to destroy their blossoming attraction, will their tenuous bond withstand public ruin, or will Edwin lose all that’s important to him to protect his bride?
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