Saturday, February 25, 2012

Quick! Someone give me a title!

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

And so I'm writing the 7th Booktown Mystery!


Unfortunately, although I'm inching closer to the finish line,  I still don't have a title.

My last two titles, Sentenced to Death and Murder on the Half Shelf, were the result of a contest.  (Oops, now that I think of it, so was the title for the third book in my Victoria Square Mysteries, One Hot Murder.)  I might be a pretty good storyteller, but I suck when it comes to titles.

So here's the scenario.  The story opens with the Chamber of Commerce election.  Bob Kelly has been president for 11 years.  He wasn't expecting anyone to challenge him.  Two candidates step up to the plate.  One of them will be dead before the end of Chapter 1.  Any ideas?

Two of the books in the series have had (or will have) titles that have nothing to do with the story (Chapter & Hearse and Murder on the Half Shelf ), so it's not mandatory that the new title have anything to do with politics or elections.

What do you get if you come up with the winning entry?  I'll name a character after you (although not necessarily in THIS book), you can decide if you want to be good or bad -- and I'll toss in a Haven't Got a Clue coffee mug.  They're nice!  (At least I like mine.)  You can send your entry to me at:

contest @

(and remember to close up the spaces in that email address)

So, bring on the great ideas -- and become a character in one of my books.

P.S.  The winning title may not end up on the book.  My publisher's marketing department  makes the final decision, but I need to call it something when I hand it in.  If two of the same title are suggested, the one that came in first will win.  Good luck!


Aurian said...

Hmm going to think on that!

Anonymous said...

Permanently Shelved

Andrea C said...

In a Bind

Wendy Newcomb said...
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Wendy Newcomb said...

Chamber Murder Surprise


Dru said...

The Storied Campaign

Anonymous said...

Elected to Death

Jeanine Cronin said...

Chamber of Horrors

Rita B said...

Death on the Docket

Anonymous said...

Hi Lorna,
My title suggestion is
my e-address will be sent to your e-mail

JenniferK said...

Death by the Book


Lori Cimino said...

I guess I am not very original...I was going to nominate Elected to Die as well. Politics are Murder.
Voting For Murder.
Booked in the Murder Chamber, Campaign for Murder,

Kristin A. said...

Oh...I love brainstorming! Emailed you a bunch of ideas, but will keep thinking.

pilotgirl said...

Tried to go to, but it was old contests. So here goes: "Check Out Murder"

Loretta Seaman

Carol S said...

My title suggestion is:

The Chamber Plot

LoriB said...

How about Voted to Death?

Amanda J Anson said...

I have several suggestions:
Chambers Downfall
Deadly Race or my favorite Fatal Finish. Whatever the title I cant wait to read it!

Amanda Anson

Diana said...

I like @Rita B's 'Death on the Docket' listed above! Quite clever.