>The Journey Continues

>Natalie was describing how some things can throw a monkey wrench in the whole scheme of themes. I had that happen last week. I was doing well with the book, it was marching on toward the end. Then it happened.

I got sick. Not just a little cold sick. I got some flu bug, and for four days I didn’t get a word written. I couldn’t even think about the book, except for the fact that my deadline was looming and I didn’t know how to finish the book or if I could make the deadline, so I wasn’t just physically ill, I was emotionally sick as well. My brain hasn’t been that cloudy in years!

So essentially I was an entire week behind. Now remember when I said your advance is tied to your deadlines. It’s a good thing I’m on BP meds because otherwise my BP would be sky high due to stress. I worked almost non-stop last weekend without any break trying to make up for lost time. Probably not a good thing to do because by the time I returned to work on Monday, I wasn’t feeling that much better. But hey, you do what you have to do.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the book was finally complete. Not edited mind you, but it was finished, sort of. When I say a book’s complete, I mean it’s been written and copy edited by me at least TWICE. So that when I turn the book over to the editor, the least I have are line edits. I’m not so sure that’s going to happen with this book. I still haven’t even had a chance to do copy editing and the book is due NEXT WEEK.

On top of that, I still don’t have a title yet. The theme of the book is Honor. The hero’s internal conflict revolves around his honor and how he operates in life. This book belongs to the hero, so the title has to have the word honor in.

The second part of the equation is that the hero belongs to an ancient Order of assassins called the Sicari. Now how does an assassin have honor you might ask, well you’ll have to read the book to find out. *grin* Additionally, the hero has this habit of coming to the heroine’s rescue, even if she doesn’t need rescuing. And she tends to tease him about being a knight in shining armor. It’s not a prevailing theme, but it’s there. The hero and his people also use swords for assassinating people and for protecting themselves. Trust me—it works. *grin*

When I turn this book in next week, I want to include a list of titles for Cindy to select from. Now I can’t use Knight in Shining Armor, we all know that’s McNaught’s title. Besides, he’s a great hero, but the title just doesn’t suit. Here some ideas I have and pros/cons. Help a writer out and offer up your own suggestions in the comments. Who knows, maybe your title will make the grade with my editor!

A Sicari’s Honor – this is a strong contender for me. It speaks to the hero’s honor, it mentions his heritage and it suits the book. Drawback is, it doesn’t sound like a romance, and this book is DEFINITELY a romance. This could become the Sicari series I think.

A Sicari Knight – It’s okay

A Sicari’s Love – Maybe

A Sicari’s Passion – THIS would be great for Book 2

Holding Out for a Hero – It’s been used, but I love the title. Problem is, it doesn’t reference honor.

A Knight’s Honor – again it’s been used, and while it speaks to the hero’s honor, it makes it sound like a historical, and I have no desire to tick off one subgenre crowd over another.

Love and Honor – This seems weak to me for some reason, and this hero is a strong alpha, he deserves a strong title for his story.

A Hero’s Honor – this seem weak to me too.

Then there are others I’ve toyed with below:

Love’s Dark Shadow
Love’s Honor
Heart of A Sicari
A Sinner’s Heart
Love’s Sin
A Sicari’s Sin
The Sicari Master
A Knight’s Honor
A Sicari’s Honor
Sin’s Wicked Honor
Honor The Sinner
A Wicked Sin
A Sin of Honor
Honor and Sin
The Sinner
Love’s Prize
A Sicari Sinner
The Wickedness of Being
Sin and Vice
Sins for the Wicked

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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

7 thoughts on “>The Journey Continues

  1. >Lynn, you’re not an American are you! LOL Honour vs. Honor. We so bastardized the English language. I think its left over tea we failed to drop in the harbor. ROFL

  2. >Well, Dana took one of mine (Honour of the Sicari), although I would have put “The” at the beginning of it. Hmmm, let me see.

    How about

    “A Knight of the Sicari”?

    Yeah, I know, no honour in there. Well, if Dana hadn’t beaten me to the punch …..



  3. >Brandy, Dana Marie, I’ll pass on all of these. The more my editor has the better!

    Dana, Her Sicari Knight is very good. It does speak to him doing the knight in shinig armor thing, mentions Sicari, the only downside is that maybe it sounds like a historical. OY! This is usually not such a hard thing for me.

    No wait!! That’s it! His Hard Thing. ROFLMAO

  4. >What about:

    Keeper of the Sicari’s Honor
    Honor of the Sicari
    Wicked Honor
    Her Sicari Knight

    Although that last one… hmmm…

  5. >I figured “The” and “A” could go in front of most things.

    The Master of a Sicari’s Honor
    A Master of a Sicari’s Honor

    The Sicari’s Sword and Honor
    A Sicari’s Sword and Honor

    To me it brings two different feels. “A” makes it more personal.
    “The” brings strength.

    Well at least it does to me.

    The Wicked Sicari
    A Wicked Sicari’s Honor

    Always glad to help out.

  6. >Thanks Brandy I like using “Wickedness” or Wicked. And maybe Putting A in front of Sicari’s Sword and Honor would work…hmmm…thinking…

    And yes, I am better. Thanks

  7. >Okay my first thought was:
    A Sicari’s Honor (which you have)

    Then thought of:
    Sinful Sicari
    The Wickedness of Sicari
    The Wickedness of Sicari’s Honor
    Master of a Sicari’s Honor
    Sicari’s Sword and Honor
    Honorable Sicari

    Okay that’s all I can think of now. I hope you’re feeling better.