Willy the Kinky Elf, #5 – Title Help

Hi, all.

I typed my two favorite words on Willy, #5 – THE END. 🙂 I’ve made quite a few changes since and likely will continue to until the day it goes live on Amazon. More good news is that I accidentally found the perfect cover art and purchased it for the cover. I never have that done until much later in the year. I’m still having a problem with the title, though.

Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His ______ Mate

Cole is his mate.

Cole, unlike Dylan, had an almost perfect childhood with almost perfect parents. He graduated 2nd in his class and is very successful. He’s never been in trouble a day in his life. He’s very respected in the North Pole.

He wears slacks and dress shirts, drives a sensible car, and is an all around good guy.

Dylan, on the other hand, suffered abuse at the hands of his father until he had enough at 16 and ran away. Now 25, he’s not ashamed of anything he did to survive. He did what he had to do and he did it in the one place Santa isn’t allowed – Mistletoe Hill. If you’ve read the first 4 books in the series you’re already familiar with the place. It’s bad news. But Dylan took a bad situation and turned it into what would be considered success.

He wears leather, drives a motorcycle, and is an all around bad boy. Good hearted and a good man, but likes getting down and dirty. 😉

That was the description of the characters. Now I need help describing Cole in the title. It’s obviously a bad boy/good boy story but I think ‘good boy’ sounds too young, maybe?

Below are some words I have so far –

Straight-laced

Respectable

Reputable

Virtuous

Upstanding

Good Guy

Good Boy

Grr! (<— That’s me growling, not part of the list…. lol)

I’m open to suggestions. I can’t work on the cover until I have the finalized title. If there’s something on my list you think would sound right – it must be in line with the other titles in the series – please let me know. If you have another suggestion (not on the list), even better.

If you’ve followed the series to now you know what I’m looking for, I believe.

I’m pulling my hair out over this and my hubby really loves my long hair. *snort* I’m too close to it and what sounds right to me might sound ridiculous to you guys.

(… says the girl who wrote a book called Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer …)

Suggestions? Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment on here, on Goodreads, or any of my social media accounts. If you’d prefer, shoot me an email at candikayauthor@gmail.com.

The sooner I can get the title finalized the sooner I can work on finalizing the cover, story, and blurb. If I use your suggestion, I’ll send you an advanced copy weeks before it goes live. If more than one person suggests the word I end up choosing, each one will get an ARC.

Note that Cole is NOT a virgin or innocent. If he was, the title would be easy. The reason I’m throwing that out there is because someone asked if it was a bad boy/virgin story.

Hmm… not a bad idea for a future story.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

~Candi

P.S. There are 3 on the list above that I’m actually considering. I just want suggestions from others before I officially make any kind of decision. Who knows? Maybe the readers will pick 1 of the 3 as their fave.

 

New Privacy Policy, Some Personal Stuff, Playing Catch-Up

Privacy Policy

In accordance with GDPR, I have added a Privacy Policy to this site. It’s pretty straight-forward. I don’t share anything. I don’t repeat anything. I don’t want sites giving my info to spammers so I damn sure wouldn’t do it to you guys. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Website Changes… Again

Notice the change in the way the site looks? My having to redo things on my website has become a habit – a very frustrating habit. I was out of town and received an email from a reader saying there was an error message every time they tried to access the site. I couldn’t find out what the deal was until I got home. My pics and media had been reset to the theme’s default pics and media. Thankfully I didn’t lose content this time, but I did have to go back and add visuals (header, background, my font preferences, etc.) And I had to put the menu and a few other things in order. I don’t know if this is a WordPress thing or a GoDaddy thing. Either way, I’m seriously tired of having to deal with my site acting up every few months. If it’s a GoDaddy thing I’ll be rethinking who hosts my site when it comes up for renewal in a few weeks. It takes several hours each time I have to redo those things. My time is limited so to say it angers me is an understatement.

Personal Stuff

Thank you to everybody who contacted me after my last post when I mentioned having a death in the family. The past two years have been difficult, to say the least. This particular death has truly hit home the fact that both of my sisters are gone. I wish I could go back in time to help them before it got to the point where they couldn’t be helped. I wish I could take all the pain my mother caused and make it all disappear. Mostly, I wish like hell I could have my sisters with me. I’ve not been allowed to mourn the loss of my last sister two years ago because I was too busy being the so-called perfect daughter to someone who never so much as said thank you.

We were taught at a very young age to keep things to ourselves. No matter how bad things may have gotten, or how down we were, we were told to put on that little happy face and pretend all was well. Unfortunately, that carried over into adulthood for me. When you’re so used to pretending like all is well people automatically believe it’s true. And honestly, it’s tiring pretending to be strong all the time.

I’ve never been a woe-is-me person and I’m not becoming one now so I’ll stop on that. Maybe someday I’ll write a longer blog post about this stuff. Maybe I won’t.  I went into it a little in this blog post under the personal section.

This and That, Willy, #5

I have done SO much traveling this year. I’ve literally been from one end of the country to the other since December 26th. It’s been nice, especially over the past few weeks when I’ve needed to escape things for awhile. Most of the traveling has been by car so I’ve been able to see a lot of things I wouldn’t have had I flown. While it’s been nice, I’m hoping to stay home for a little while to play catch-up with some things, mainly getting Finding Alex published and finishing the first draft of Willy, #5. I still need a title for that one. Hopefully it’ll come to me soon. I did something different with that particular book. I’ve written it in two sections. The first section isn’t complete but the second one (including Mrs. Claus’ Christmas party) is. Now I just need to combine the two and add what needs to be added to the first part, which isn’t much. It’ll all come together. I’ve not been in the right frame of mind to concentrate on it over the past few weeks or the first draft would’ve been completed already.

Memorial Day

If you’re American, Happy Memorial Day. The holiday is so commercialized these days and the true meaning of the holiday tends to get pushed to the side. We need to take the time to remember, to honor, those who fought and died for us. If you celebrate, be safe.

Alberto

I am right in the middle of where the first Tropical Storm (Alberto) of the season is headed. Hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1st but Alberto has other plans. 🙂 We’ll likely just see a lot of rain and some wind. Hopefully it won’t be too bad. I think we’ll get the worst of it between Monday and Tuesday.

Excerpts

Starting (probably) next Friday I’ll be posting a weekly Flashback Friday post, which will have excerpts from already-published books and upcoming ones. This was suggested to me forever ago but time got away from me and it never happened. I suck at self-promo, as most of you are aware. 🙂

Catching Up & Social Media

My apologies to everyone who has sent me Facebook and Twitter messages that I’ve yet to respond to. I’ve barely been on Facebook lately and I haven’t been on Twitter at all in quite awhile. I’m actually behind on everything. I’ll catch up with it all soon. Right now I just need to regroup a little.

And because I’ve not said this in awhile… please don’t add me to Facebook groups without my permission. I don’t know how many groups I’ve been added to this past week alone. Send me an invite, a PM, or even an email, but adding me to a group without my permission just makes me mad. It usually has me getting out of it, even if it’s something I might have been interested in before. I don’t tag anybody without their permission. I don’t add people to groups without their permission. I don’t send a dozen invites in one day to like the same Facebook page. I don’t send PMs spamming people with my book purchase links. Hell, I almost never send friend requests. I think it’s rude to just add people to something without asking them first. There are a couple of exceptions but those exceptions only apply to groups I’m a member of outside of Facebook.

I think that’s it for now. I hope you’re all doing well.

~Candi

Cocky! & A Few Quickie Updates

I’ve not posted in awhile so I wanted to pop in real quick before things get crazy in my life again.

4th Anniversary Giveaway

Congrats to Kelsy Kasey for winning my 4th publishing anniversary giveaway. She chose Eros, Christopher, Blake the Rogue Reindeer & His Cocky Human, and Just Friends as her winning books.

Finding Alex (Taking Lance, #4)

Finding Alex, that I swore I was about to publish, is still in draft on Amazon. I had a death in my family and have been unable to go back into it.  It’s complete. It’s just waiting on me to hit publish.

Willy, #5 

Willy the Kinky Elf #5 is a chapter or so from being done. It’s still untitled. I’ve been trying to come up with a title but I’ve had no luck so far. I really want it finalized so I can start working on the blurb and cover. I may be open to suggestions in the coming days or weeks if I don’t come up with one on my own. Two reindeer. One’s a ‘bad boy’ and the other is about as straight-laced as they come. Outside of the bedroom anyway. 😉 Certain things come out that make everything Mrs. Claus has done to this point seem tame. Santa, on the other hand, has mellowed quite a bit. You’ll actually see his softer side in the latest installment. I’ve considered toning down some of Mrs. Claus’ antics. They’re pretty bad. I’ll see how I feel when I get closer to publication. Both Mr. and Mrs. Claus have secrets that come to light when Dylan (aka the bad boy) comes back into town.

COCKY!

Speaking of Willy’s World, I’m sure you’ve seen all the stuff about the word COCKY being trademarked recently. If not, Google it. What’s a guaranteed way to lose fans and all respect from other authors? Do what this author did. Willy, being as outspoken as he is, has decided that he wants to share his views on the whole cocky thing. We know that Willy is a naughty little elf and, well, it’s been awhile since he and Randy got naughty on-page. He’s got a lot to say about the cocky situation. 😉 If I finish the story it’ll be a quickie and won’t take place during the holidays. I’ll update on that soon.

I kinda joke about it but I actually have a title with the word COCKY in it, Blake the Rogue Reindeer & His Cocky Human. It was published November 1st, 2016 – long before the trademark was issued. Should I be concerned? I don’t know really. The more I see on the whole situation the more baffled I get. I guess the number one question I have is why was a word – that’s been used tens of thousands of times in books and titles – allowed to be trademarked? It’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen since I started publishing my books and I’ve seen some really ‘out there’ stuff. The author put a video out supposedly in defense of what she did. Instead of helping her cause it made her look like she was calling her readers stupid and she even went so far as to imply that stupid equals autism. The last part especially angered me, but that’s another blog post.

Enough about that.

Mother’s Day & Other

I think that’s it for now. I mentioned there being a death in my family. Honestly, I’m exhausted both mentally and physically. I need a few days to regroup. The weekend will be crazy busy with Mother’s Day and other plans and then some family members will be graduating from high school next week. Hopefully afterward I can take a much needed break for me. I’ve been going nonstop for the past week or so.

If you are a mom I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day. If not, I hope you have an amazing weekend. 🙂

Until next time,

Candi