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Monday, May 6, 2013

Names, Titles, New Releases & An Awesome GIVEAWAY with Sable Hunter...


A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME . . . . . THINKING ABOUT NAMES AND TITLES

As most of you probably realize, my name is not Sable. Sable Hunter is a pen name. It wasn’t even my choice of a pen name. I was feeling down and out, laid my head on the dining table, thinking about hanging up my writing profession when my assistant said, “Get up, Sable Hunter, you have a thousand more books to write.” I thought Sable Hunter sounded capable and adventuresome. I asked her where she came up with the name. It turned out that Sable Hunter was her avatar’s name in WAR or some such online game. My name before that had been Josie Arlington, famed New Orleans lady of the evening – hah, I should have just stuck with my real name, but I was trying to be incognito. So much for that - -  - so now, I’m Sable Hunter.

My real name is okay. I don’t know if anyone ever truly likes their name. I am lucky, I got to name my brother. My mother’s choice of a name was Philip Alexander, a pretty name, but my father remembered that she had liked a guy named Philip in college and he nixed the idea. We were going to call him Xander, which my dad also thought sounded a little off. So, the night before my brother was born – I was nine by the way – my parents were arguing over names and I spoke up. I knew they both liked Elvis so I suggested a true fan’s insight. “Why don’t you name him after Elvis’s twin brother? My parents both smiled, and in less than 24 hours – Jessie Garon was born.  My Aunt had a baby a few weeks later and she named him after two of the Barkley brothers from Big Valley – Nicholas Heath. I guess we’re big in celebrity names. 

One of my favorite things to do is pick hero and heroine names. I keep lists for future reference and save back the most ideal ones for the main characters. I also enjoy picking out titles for my books. Before I began writing, back when Jess was still in college, I was attempting to coerce him into a writing career. But he seldom does what I ask him to do, until he has explored every other avenue. He majored in Sociology and Communications and avoided my suggestion like the plague – until he figured out that the 9 to 5 life in an office was not for him. Jess is a marvelous writer and he helps me, as well. Plus he has gone into business with a friend – he’s doing good. Anyway – back to my original point. In trying to lure him into writing with me, I suggested that we write romance novels (he rolled his eyes) based on the songs of Elvis Presley (his singing idol). I suggested we could make Elvis (by another name, of course) the hero of every novel, just like the movies he used to make. Every Elvis movie was actually a romance novel on film. I told him we could contact Elvis Presley Enterprises and maybe they would sell the books at Graceland – haha – I was dreaming big. My proposition didn’t work. Jess wasn’t interested.

However, a few years later, I decided to go it alone. And although I didn’t write the novels exactly as planned, I have used the songs of Elvis several times as titles. And they have been successful – UNCHAINED MELODY, FEVER, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, BURNING LOVE, and FORGET ME NEVER. I took the words of the song and just let the theme speak to me, creating characters and situations that the song could have described.

Other titles came to me in different ways – HER MAGIC TOUCH spoke of Cady’s healing love for Joseph. BADASS was Isaac’s reputation. I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS told of Zane seeing with his heart rather than his blinded eyes. MY ALIYAH was a nod to my Uncle’s favorite show - NCIS and its female Mossad Agent, as well as my own fascination with Israel and the Texas Rangers – quite an odd mix, I admit. BOBBY DOES DALLAS – haha – well, Bobby played for the Dallas Cowboys and I thought anyone who had ever heard of the infamous porn flick Debbie Does Dallas would appreciate it – Bobby was one of my favorites.

My latest, FINDING DANDI was an unusual case. Dandi was a name that I collected in my childhood after watching a Walt Disney movie about a horse with that name – Dandi. I knew then that I would either name one of my children Dandi or eventually write a book with a heroine of that name. And I did. I created the character of Dandi in Burning Love, Beau’s cousin. Originally, I planned to make her and Lucas Dane’s romance a fun and irreverent romp. But Jess changed that, I went to him and said, “I’m thinking of calling the book FINE AND DANDI, something my Mom would say about things she approved of – “That’s fine and Dandi, sweetie.”

Jess misunderstood me. He goes, “I like that, it’s poignant.” I said, “Huh?” He said, “Yea, FINDING DANDI could tug at your heart strings.” I stepped back and was hit by a wave of inspiration. Dandi and Lucas Dane’s relationship would have to be volatile and inspiring and slip through their fingers – only to be grasped and held onto by the sheer determination of a hero worthy of love. Wow! I have to give it to Jess, sometimes he has good ideas. It was he who convinced me to let Aron McCoy go missing on his honeymoon in Hell Yeah! eight, which has proved to be quite an adventure for both me and my readers.

So, titles are important. Right now, I’m working on THUNDERBIRD with Ryan O’Leary, and SKYE BLUE, Noah’s much anticipated book. Skye is Noah’s love. For any of you that have read the Hell Yeah!, you know that Noah has been a pain in everyone’s patootie. He sees only black and white. Everything has to make sense. He cuts no one any slack. Every column has to add up and the scales of justice, as he sees it, have to balance. Noah has caused the family more trouble than a bull loose in a china shop. But they love him. Dozens of readers have expressed to me, “when is Noah going to get what’s coming to him?”

In SKYE BLUE, Noah will meet his match. A woman who is strong and sure of herself, a woman who is able to teach Noah the depths of love and make him want to go to his knees and beg her to give him a chance to show her exactly what she means to him. Noah’s life is darkened by hopelessness and only Skye can help him brush aside the clouds of despair and let the sunshine of a clear day brighten his heart. Haha! Well, you get the idea. Skye will be every answer that Noah has been searching for and before it’s over, he’ll have a whole new definition of what romance and a relationship is all about. Noah will get what’s coming to him – and he’ll enjoy every second of it.

Here’s an excerpt of FINDING DANDI – I hope you enjoy it.

At home, Lucas lay in his bed and shook with need. He relived every moment they had spent together. Just seeing her today, being near to her was paradise. There was so much he needed to think about, but his erection was enormous and he needed relief. For the first time in a long time he had hope. Closing his eyes, he imagined kissing her lips, nuzzling his face between her breasts, sinking balls deep inside of her sweet heat. “God!” Taking his cock in hand he stroked his own flesh in a hard fist. “Dandi, my Dandi!” He wanted to wrap himself around her, bury his head between her thighs, take her higher and harder than any man had ever taken a woman. “I love you!” he shouted to the empty room as he pumped his cock, his hips lifting from the bed in supplication. Lucas’s whole body went tense as he threw his head back and roared loud enough to be heard in the next county. Hot jets of cum arched up and fell on the skin of his belly and thighs. “Please God, let her love me back, let her remember me.” Grabbing a towel from the bedside table, he wiped himself clean, rolled over and clasped the pillow to his face. He was tired of being alone.

The next morning, Lucas had two priorities. First he had to see to his will. He had responsibilities, he had a child. And he wanted no possibility that Dandi and Lucy wouldn’t be taken care of if something happened to him. His lawyer tried to give him a hard time, asked if he wanted to have a paternity test. Hell, he hadn’t even seen his baby, but he didn’t have to. He was a father; he knew it as well as he knew his own name.

Second, he had to learn how to play paintball. After checking it out on the internet, he concluded that it was simple warfare, except he’d be armed with a gun that shot water soluble dye. Knowing Beau and Firepower Munitions, they would have a world class game field and take their play very, very seriously.

Taking a break between patients, he drove to the sports shop and bought everything he’d need. If Dandi wouldn’t come to him, he’d go to her – anywhere, anytime. As he drove back to the Touch Institute, he let it sink into his mind, body and soul that he had found Dandi. She was safe and – thank God – she was still single. He had his work cut out for him, for he had to win her love for the second time around.

 

Here’s the buy link to FINDING DANDI –


 

I’ll be giving away a copy of FINDING DANDI, just tell me your all time favorite title for a  book and why. I would love to know.

Thanks for reading,

SABLE
 
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I'd like to thank Sable for joining us today. She's an amazing writer and I'm looking forward to continuing on with the Hell Yeah! Series.
 
Don't forget to comment below with your email address' to win it. Sable will announce her winner on Thursday May 9th.
 
Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~

25 comments:

  1. Clockwork angel because its an amazing world. Romance, action, hot guys, all sorts of paranormal and kick-ass

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  2. Emma FitzgeraldMay 7, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    I love 'Sense and Sensibility'. When it comes to love and relationships, there isn't always a lot of either of those.
    ej_fitz@hotmail.com

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  3. Child of the Phoenix, this is a great read, history, ghosts, murder, mayhem, and of course romance.

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  4. Hi Sable loved hearing about the name thing, and I found this all really interesting on where the books get their titles from. Have read the Hell Yeah series, I am one of the many waiting for Noah to get his comeuppance, and of cause wondering what has happened to Aron, so we have Jess to thank have we lol.
    I have to say my favourite book title of all time is Dark Lover and the reason for this is,it was my first book in the genre of paranormal/erotic. Although I have been a reader most of my life, the discovery of this book opened up a whole new reading world for me. Now I always have a book I am reading. Not only did my reading increase but I discovered a great community of like minded people, some of which have become very close friends. Yes have to say that book changed my life and world for the better.
    BTW I am reading Forget me never now, and loving it.

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  7. So sorry I thought I had lost my post, then realised I had posted three times.
    Forgot my email katherine.sowerby2527@gmail.com

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  8. Danielle ElliottMay 7, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    My all time favorite book would have to be Pride and Prejudice. I love reading historical romance books and there is always something so satisfying about seeing deserving characters like Jane and Elizabeth find love. :)
    murphydr@eou.edu

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  9. Hey Sable, I really enjoyed reading this. Thank you for sharing! I have to say I like YOUR choice of titles. So apt for each story. :)

    emilyalawrence88Wgmail.com

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  10. The one I like is Ransom.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  11. My all time favorite books are the Pern Series by Anne McCaffery. She will always be my favorite writer even though she is gone and I have read other books (many more) since reading the Pern books. At least 4 or 5 times a year I find myself digging out one of her books and losing myself in them. I wanted to go live on Pern when I was a teenager and discovered her books as an adult I pick the books back up so I can go back there and live for a bit.

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  12. "Dangerous Games" by Lora Leigh. The lead heroine shes smart, loving and determined always loving one man A strong, dominating, hero type, yet wounded but hes overwhelming and stubborn. Its my favorite because stages and evolution in the story of growing together threw anything and everything that stands in your way mostly themselves. Its also very erotic story a little forbidden. debrasad@gmail.com

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  14. Love Story, Eric Segal , My first romance novel 1970ish , rich boy meets the daughter of a blue collar worker, his parents cold hearted snobs and against their relationship, her father warm and accepting. Heartbreaking ending that can still draw
    a tear after all this time. " Love means never having to say you're sorry." lmasterson350@gmail.com

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  15. Hmmm, I love a lot of books, and a title is so important. I love a title that really says something about a book, and maybe gives a little away too (you're good at those Sable) and if it's a little bit naughty or irreverent and even better if there's a good double entandre. I read one recently called Truth or Date (from the Better Date than Never series) and I really liked the play on words. laurelskoog@comcast.net

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  16. The Importance of Being Ernest, although that's a play... oh, well.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

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  17. I guess I would have to say "Bluegrass State of Mind" would have to be my favorite title. I am from Ky. but have lived in In. for several years now and am always dreaming/wishing we could move back to my home state of KY. Love that state, so I guess you could say I am in a bluegrass state of mind most of the time. The town of Keeneston she writes about in the book is several hours from my hometown, however her writing about that small town was so much like the reality of living in my small hometown, she could have been writing about my hometown. (The rumor mills & all! Lol!)
    Since I believe I'm not receiving mail in my yahoo account properly right now, I'm giving you my gmail instead. It is: lefler.vicki@gmail.com

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  18. The Ivory Key was the first romance I remember reading I was somewhere in my twenties and had been snobby about reading romance. That was it a friend gave me her dog eared copy and I was hooked forever.

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    1. I need your email address, Katie - you won. Email me at sablehunter@rcoketmail.com or respond to me on Facebook, I'm making the announcemnt.

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  19. This is a book that caught my attention solely based on the title: "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barbery. It's still on my reading list.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  20. I loved Jodi Ellen Malpas trilogy, This Man and Beneath This Man..Just the titles caught my attention and I was glad..Love me some Jesse

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  21. Hello Sable, I am an ultimate fan and shall I say LOVE your books. I cried for Dandi and Lucas. It was such a wonderful story. The entire Cajun Style series is heartwarming. I am happy you didn't throw in the towel because us readers would have missed out.

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  22. I love the title Twilight. I would love to read your books. They sounds really good.

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  23. Jess pulled two names. Thank you all for visitng with me. Winners are Victoria Zumbrum and Katie Browne.

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