Carolyn Blogs About Reading and Some Other Stuff

Title Title, Who’s Gotta Title?

First off, The Next Historical (or the book briefly known as Sinful) is now officially entitled Indiscreet. My editor emailed yesterday and said it turns out Berkley has a July 2009 release titled Sinful, and sales didn’t like the second choice title which was A Reputation for Sin, so did we (my agent and I) have any other ideas? My agent, I do believe came up with Indiscreet. So there it is. It has the Sales seal of approval.

Reading Controversy!!

Apparently, Suzanne Brockmann has a prologue posted for her next Troubleshooters book, Dark of Night. The heroine is Sophia and as any fan of Brockmann knows, Sophia is in love with Decker. Well, readers are all atwitter (in the traditional sense) with the possibility that Sophia’s hero will be Dave, not Decker. Some appear to be enraged. One woman opined that there should never be ambiguity about the hero, to which I must say au contraire!!

Personally, I think whoever the hero turns out to be, Brockmann will pull it off. We’ll all be thinking we want to marry Dave or Decker or whoever it is and be glad that Sophia gets her hero.

I also think that the last Troubleshooter book laid some excellent groundwork for Dave or Decker. I think it could go either way, and I don’t care which way (ok, I have a slight preference for Decker, who wouldn’t?) but I know I’ll be entertained and enthralled the entire time either way.

As to the no ambiguity about the hero? By the end of a Romance, there should indeed be no ambiguity over who the hero is. But in the beginning, I disagree with that statement wholeheartedly. In fact, I think a big part of the trouble with a lot of Romances is the very lack of ambiguity.

The only Rule for Romance is the HEA. (Just like the only Rule For Msytery is that there’s a mystery to be solved) That’s it. All the other stuff that gets you there can be anything at all. Anything. And that can mean a hero who isn’t the best candidate for the job at the start.

Off to make sure I’ve pre-ordered my copy…

Carolyn’s Reading List – Partial and in no particular order

  • The Outlander by Gil Adams
  • The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox by Barry Hughart
  • Brain Rules by John Medina
  • Clowngirl by Monica Drake
  • The Crown Road by Ian Banks
  • The Black Arts – a concise history of witchcraft, demonology, astrology, alchemy and other mystical practices throughout the ages by Richard Cavendish
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewksi
  • Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
  • In Cod We Trust, Living the Norwegian Dream by Eric Dregni
  • The truckload of books I brought back from RWA
  • miscellanous other books lurking in the TBR

How about you? Leave a comment so I’m not so lonely here!

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2 Responses to “Carolyn Blogs About Reading and Some Other Stuff”

  1. Sandra Schwab says:

    *waving to Carolyn so she doesn’t feel so alone*

    :-)

  2. Carolyn says:

    Thank you, Sandy. I can feel the love all the way from Germany!