Title help for Fairy Queens 1.5

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
I just sent out my short story (Fairy Queens 1.5) to my beta readers! Now I want input on the title (I love involving my fans). From the back cover (draft):

Arel is an acolyte destined to be the next High Priestess, but the Emperor of Idara has other plans for her. He needs a wife and heirs. She consents to marrying him on one condition: he rescues her family from a war torn province.

When the emperor refuses, Arel escapes and sets out to do the impossible: free her family and bring them to safety no matter the cost. What she doesn't yet know is that in escaping her marriage, she may have just sealed Idara’s destruction.

Title options:

1. Runaway Queen
  ~Really like this one. It has Queen in it like the other two titles, so it ties in nicely. I don't love that it's so close to The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielson (it feels like I'm stealing it or something-even though my son is the one who suggested it. So if anything, I stole it from him). But then the resonance is nice, cause our books share an audience.

The downside is that I have no idea what to call the other short story, which is about Ilyenna's mother and father.

2. Of Fire and Ash
  ~I'm writing another short story for the series (Winter Queen .5), which would be called Of Ice and Snow. Awesome tie in. Unless you guys like it better with the "Of" taken away. So it would be: Fire and Ash, Ice and Snow

I like the "Of" though.

So that was all kind of rambling. Sorry, it's late as I type this. The options are:
1. Runaway Queen
2. Of Fire and Ash
3. Fire and Ash
Also, what do you think of the description/blurb/cover copy?

And, go!

3 comments:

  1. I like Of Fire and Ash best (I like the 'Of' as well). Runaway Queen has a bit too much similarity to some other popular titles including Runaway King, Runaway Bride, etc. The blurb is intriguing, and I can't wait to read the book. That's my two cents worth. Good luck!

  1. Yay! Someone agrees with me. Thanks so much for commenting!

  1. mistybown said...:

    I like the Of Fire and Ash option as well. I also like the Of. :)

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