What’s In a title?
I should preface this post by pointing out I am primarily a digitally published author. I have not been traditionally published, and so my experience has been that whatever title I submit with is the title I g to keep. That, or maybe I’m just really good at picking titles?
Either way, I tend to obsess about them. Like I really think about them. A lot. I prefer to have my title early in the process. It is kind of a talisman for me. A guiding light to keep me on track with my story, because I try to use titles that have meaning.
Love & Punishment started life as Beauty & the Beast. Which is the obvious working title since it is a twisted version of that fairytale. Keeping that in mind, as I plotted the book I realized there were two major themes to the book. Wonder if you can guess what they are? I know, but sometimes by being so obvious I can get more across.
If you remember the story of beauty and the beast, Beauty’s father steals a rose from the Beast’s garden. He is to be punished, but in the end his daughter is sent to serve in his stead. This is where the punishment comes from.
Of course, we all know that as Beauty serves her father’s punishment she falls in love with Beast. And so we have love.
Now, in Love & Punishment those basic elements are there in one form or another. Except there is an extra layer of punishment in the story. I don’t want to spoil things, but there is more than meets the eye.
In the prequel to this first book in the series, I tell the story of how the two guys get together. The title is Love & Survival. Again, it has meaning. In the prequel the boys fall in love with each other all while surviving the immediate fallout from the apocalypse.
As you can see, I try to use the title as a micro synopsis of the book. And if I can make it catchy too? Bonus!
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Love & Punishment (Tales From Epsilon, Book 1)
Decadent Publishing, Beyond Fairytales
Once upon a time…
Bel was a happy girl with loving parents. Now she lives for revenge. At her father’s urging a plan is set in motion which quickly spins out of control. Expecting to be used and abused by The Beasts MC, who are known for their orgiastic ways, she is prepared to accept her fate in order to execute her mission.
The time has come to even the score with the men responsible for her mother’s death.
Nate and Liam, leaders of The Beasts, have their hands full ensuring the survival of their people as they sell Beast Brew to survive in a city crumbling around them. When a Rose MC member is plucked from their care the laws of Epsilon demand the perpetrator forfeit his life. But then the leader of The Devil’s Disciples’ daughter offers herself in exchange for his life, and they can’t refuse the beauty’s plea.
Once she’s pressed between them they know they’re keeping her for their own, but first they must figure out why she’s there.
Want to learn more about Epsilon and the motorcycle clubs in the book? Check out Tales From Epsilon.
SorSorcha Mowbray is a mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband.
She is a longtime lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!