I recently looked in the back of a book published in 1993 and in the list of titles on offer found Flame on the Horizon, Colours of Love, Of Rascals and Rainbows, Lost Love, A Handful of Shells, The Faberge Cat. They are so different from todayâ€™s titles that in an attempt to catch the readerâ€™s eye can be positively mendacious. The couple in my title Wedded in a Whirlwind spent eight chapters of the book trapped in the dark by an earthquake. In the old days it might have been called â€œDark Encounterâ€ â€“ remember all those â€œDarkâ€ titles? — but a recent experiment with less â€œhookyâ€ titles failed miserably as I know to my cost. Readers, like everyone else, have less time these days and with dozens to booksto choose from they want to see at a glance whatâ€™s on offer. Royal, revenge, marriage of convenience, office romance.
â€œWedded in a Whirlwindâ€ (and Strictly Come Dancing cover) was a wits-end compromise by an editor faced with a book without a conventional hook and running out of time. I have to admit that I wasnâ€™t much help. While I occasionally put my foot down and veto a title that makes my teeth curl, the last one of mine that stuck was The Ordinary Princess in 2003. And before that it was The Bachelorâ€™s Baby in 2001. Both titles that were no-brainers; they did what it said on the tin and if a title seems right, Iâ€™ll suggest it, but I know better than to get attached.
I did suggest The Bachelorâ€™s Baby Proposal for Grace and Joshâ€™s story. It seemed to me to sum up the main constituents of the story which involved both a baby and the marriage of convenience that my editor had her heart set on â€“ I love a challenge! The baby isnâ€™t actually a secret. Grace has offered to be a surrogate mother for her infertile older sister who has finally accepted that sheâ€™ll never be able to carry a baby of her own. But a fatal road accident uncovers secrets and lies that threaten to shatter Graceâ€™s life all over again.
I got Secret Baby, Surprise Parents. I have to believe that Marketing knows best. Or do they? What kind of title makes you reach for a cover? Or has you moving swiftly on? And do you get mad when the title/cover doesnâ€™t match whatâ€™s between the pages ? (It actually does with SB,SP!) Or will you forgive the packaging if the story does the job and you think itâ€™s worth every cent youâ€™ve paid for it?
Name one of the books thatâ€™s won either a RITA or the RNA Romance Prize.
Tell me how long Josh has been dreaming about holding Grace in his arms?
Signed copy of the book, a bar of Graceâ€™s myrtle and lemon soap, a Liz Fielding sewing kit
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Multi-award winning author, Liz Fielding, was born in the UK in the last century, has travelling widely in Africa and the Middle East and now lives in a tiny village in the magical landscape of west Wales — Merlin country — with her husband of 36 years. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, or gardening, or cooking.