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Book Giveaway: Wicked Wednesday
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Morning all! It’s Wicked Wednesday. Why? Because the giveaway is a choice of a couple “Wicked” books: Wicked Burn (by moi) OR Wicked Ties by very nice author Shayla Black.

As you may have noticed, the word wicked is featured in a lot of titles recently. My book was re-named by the publisher with the ‘wicked’ title. I’d originally called it Out of The Ashes; just as a bit of trivia. But the publishers do know how to sell books, and Out of the Ashes was not thought to be sexy enough. Considering the intense sexuality between Vic and Niall, I don’t think it was misnamed entirely. Although I do miss the evocative quality of Out of the Ashes, given Niall’s story.

Have you ever read a book and thought: Where the heck did they get that title? Notice any themes in romance or erotic romance titles that are overdone? I’m wondering if people really pay attention to titles, or is it the cover and blurb that pull you in? Comment and be entered to win a choice of the books below.

You can click on either cover for order information and blurb.



53 comments to “Book Giveaway: Wicked Wednesday”

  1. Lea
      · June 17th, 2009 at 9:37 am · Link

    Hi Beth:

    Thank you for another great giveaway! As you know I have read and thoroughly enjoyed Wicked Burn but would love to read Shayla Black’s book. 🙂

    Yes I have read books and wondered how the title was conceived but if it is a good read, I just shrug and move on. lol

    As for titles that are overdone? Interesting question! I’ve maybe noticed that the word “Surrender” is used a lot in titles recently… lol However, it doesn’t deter me from buying the novel if the synopsis and reviews sound good.

    Have a great day Beth. 🙂


  2. Jody F.
      · June 17th, 2009 at 9:42 am · Link

    I always wonder where titles come from, especially if they’re really cheesy. But otherwise I don’t really obssess over them.

  3. Teresa Warner
      · June 17th, 2009 at 9:46 am · Link

    It’s not neccessarily the title that pulls me in, its more of the cover itself and the blurb on the back.

  4. blodeuedd
      · June 17th, 2009 at 9:48 am · Link

    Hi 🙂
    I do look at titles, cos I have noticed bad ones, and silly ones when it comes to translations. The Stephenie Meyer books, yup if I hadn’t been caught up in have to find out what the deal was I would have dissed them cos if the oh so bad titles.

    And some of the harlequins nowadays do have weird titles, but i love it cos they are so weird.

    But in the end a title doesn’t make me not choose a book if i want to read it

  5. Chris
      · June 17th, 2009 at 10:05 am · Link

    I own Wicked Burn! More because of the author than the title. 😀

    Hmm, I mostly notice the really bad titles. I was just mocking a Lucy Monroe title (she usually has decent titles, so this one just had me shaking my head): 3 Brides for 3 Bad Boys. 🙄

  6. Heather D
      · June 17th, 2009 at 10:07 am · Link

    Hi Beth,
    I guess you could say that I am a visual person. The cover is the first thing that catches my eye, then the title and blurb.

    I did question one particular title after reading the book. “Lord of a Thousand Nights” the title referred to the hero, but the book (IMO) was more about the heroine, added to that I didn’t see how the hero earned the nickname.

    I agree with Blodeuedd, some of the Harlequin titles are off the wall and I tend to shy away from them.

    As to Wicked Burn vs Out of the Ashes… I like both titles. Out of the Ashes definitely fits Niall’s story, but Wicked Burn definitely does it for the entire book. You are definitely going to get scorched while reading Wicked Burn!!

  7. Elaine G
      · June 17th, 2009 at 10:13 am · Link

    For me its the cover and the synopsis on the back. I also take into account reviews.The titles don’t effect if I read it or not.some of the books i’ve read, the titles made no sense to the storyline anyway.

    Thanks for the chance to win the books.I’ve read great reviews about Wicked Burn 😀

  8. Larena Wirum
      · June 17th, 2009 at 10:18 am · Link

    I might glance at a title but it is usually at first the cover that will grab my attention and then the blurb. I think there have probably been a couple of titles that have puzzled me but I tend to focus on the story more than the title.

  9. Booklover1335
      · June 17th, 2009 at 10:29 am · Link

    I have to admit covers, titles and blurbs draw me in whether it be for an author that I am already familiar with, or a new to me author. First is the cover, then the title, and if those two catch my interest I will read the blurb.

    That being said I have read a few books recently where I felt that both the cover and the title, and blurb were almost like false advertising because the actual book was no where near as good as the other things. Sad, but true (and no they weren’t by BK, I have yet to be disappointed by one of her books)

  10. Afshan N
      · June 17th, 2009 at 10:35 am · Link

    Hey Beth,
    The title of a book doesn’t really affect weather I read it or not.
    A may catch my eye especially if it’s a strange one but the blurb is what usually the deciding factor for me.
    Another Great Giveaway!! As Always!

  11. Mary G
      · June 17th, 2009 at 10:55 am · Link

    The title only decides if I take it off the shelf to take a look at it but book stores mostly show the spine of the book anyway. What does bug me is when I can’t figure out why the title was chosen. Sometimes its some obscure thing in the book & it’s neat to connect it. I’ve read both books by the way.
    Also lots of titles use the word “wild” (but that okay LOL.

  12. Cheryl McInnis
      · June 17th, 2009 at 11:11 am · Link

    I think that a really catchy title can definitely get me to take a second look when I’m looking for something new to read. I’ve discovered a few new authors by titles alone…one that comes to mind is Christine Warren. I spotted ” She’s No Faerie Princess” while at Chapters one day and just had to grab it. 😆 Of course, after reading it, I then had to run back and get the rest of her backlist too! So titles do work, in my opinion.
    As for the super cheesy Harlequin Presents/Silhouette Desires titles and covers…..when I’m at work at the library I spend a lot of time chuckling to myself while shelving those babies- now coming up with titles for those books would be a really fun job I think!

  13. Frana
      · June 17th, 2009 at 11:15 am · Link

    I don’t pay much attention to the titles, but more to the covers and blurbs. Except when I’m looking for themed books, for example about angels. But that too can be deceptive so I don’t really count on that.

  14. Jane
      · June 17th, 2009 at 11:29 am · Link

    I have noticed a lot of titles have “Duke” on the cover, but I like them. As long as the blurb is intriguing, I’m not bother by a weird or laughable title.

  15. Ong
      · June 17th, 2009 at 11:40 am · Link

    I usually never notice the title unless the author uses the phrase in the book but that’s kind of cheesy.

  16. becky4444
      · June 17th, 2009 at 1:08 pm · Link

    titles do not really matter to me – on the other hand a great cover will suck me in faster than a racer at Nascar!

    i have always found books with the word ‘desire’ to be a little corny – esp. within historicals.

  17. Terri W.
      · June 17th, 2009 at 1:10 pm · Link

    Hi Beth,

    Thanks for another awesome giveaway!

    Yes I’m always wondering where the titles come from but I don’t let it bother me. LOL!

    For me it’s blurb, cover and author to get me to read the book.

  18. Mary G
      · June 17th, 2009 at 1:13 pm · Link

    Has anyone used Wild, Wicked Desire as a title yet? LOL

  19. Roberta Harwell
      · June 17th, 2009 at 1:49 pm · Link

    Hello Beth,

    I have to say I do look at the covers. However, I have to read the blurb. Even if the cover is gorgeous, if there’s nothing that hooks me in the blurb, it goes back on the shelf. Have a great day.

  20. Alexa
      · June 17th, 2009 at 1:50 pm · Link

    I would say that the blurb and the cover are more important than the title.

  21. Maureen
      · June 17th, 2009 at 2:05 pm · Link

    I can never remember titles, especially now that the same words are used over and over. Even after I’ve read a book I can forget the title but I always know which author it was.

  22. Marial
      · June 17th, 2009 at 2:30 pm · Link

    Hi Everyone 😀 I think the word “devil” or “demon” can be overdone, especially in regard to a character that isn’t one and the book isn’t paranormal. For example, I notice that in historicals the Hero is a “rake” and he is called a devil of (insert title here).

  23. limecello
      · June 17th, 2009 at 2:34 pm · Link

    I think I’ve read so many “wtf” titles that I’ve gone the opposite way – I get really excited if/when the title fits in with a book, and is all clever and a motif, etc. 😛
    Haha, simple pleasures, right?

  24. lorettaC
      · June 17th, 2009 at 2:44 pm · Link

    I don’t care what the name of a book is, the title of a book doesn’t matter to me at all. I cannot remember the title of the book that I read yesterday.

  25. December
      · June 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm · Link

    I like it when I stumble across the one random line that is a plot twist, where the name is pulled from.. Like you wouldn’t know unless you actually read it that far. It makes me feel like i’m in on the secret!

  26. Sherry
      · June 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm · Link

    I do look at titles but what gets me to buy the book is the blurb.

  27. Lisa F.
      · June 17th, 2009 at 4:29 pm · Link

    I really don’t pay to much attention to titles. Usually for me it is the blurb or the book’s cover that pulls me in.

  28. Fedora
      · June 17th, 2009 at 5:12 pm · Link

    Hmm… I do notice titles sometimes–the especially goofy ones, of course, or clever… I do agree that a title isn’t what sells me on the book, but it’s part of the whole package 🙂 Wicked Burn is a good one, but I think Out of the Ashes is equally intriguing. That’s just me, of course 🙂

  29. Estella
      · June 17th, 2009 at 5:18 pm · Link

    Has anyone noticed the titles of the Harlequin Presents?

  30. bridget3420
      · June 17th, 2009 at 5:32 pm · Link

    I always look at titles.

  31. beth kery
      · June 17th, 2009 at 6:15 pm · Link


    I just had some hilarous conversations with readers and authors at LF’s event. I think authors at HQN Presents do it all tongue n cheek. It’s part of the fun of the series. People expect it.

    A member of our group was reading out loud parts of The Greek Billionaire’s Secret Baby. Or something like that. Sorry if I got it wrong. All agreed that it’s the stereotypes and ‘givens’ that add a sense of fun, comfort and humor.

    What do you think, Estella?

  32. Stacy S
      · June 17th, 2009 at 6:34 pm · Link

    For me, it’s the blurb. I do look at titles but for the most part it’s the blurb.

  33. Amy S.
      · June 17th, 2009 at 6:37 pm · Link

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Amy Kathryn
      · June 17th, 2009 at 7:15 pm · Link

    The cover art catches my attention first then the blurb. The title comes later when I am writing it down on my wish list! I have noticed a lot of titles with either dark or dangerous in them lately.

  35. Mary G
      · June 17th, 2009 at 7:27 pm · Link

    Hey Beth
    Your probably right that the titles are tongue in cheek. They are going to run out of titles though & one day we’ll be looking at the cover of a book called The Nanny’s Brother’s Cousin’s Test Tube Baby. It makes me not take that line seriously.

  36. sara hurt
      · June 17th, 2009 at 9:42 pm · Link

    Im also all about the cover and then the story line and then the Title. Thanks for all the fun posts and the great giveaways. Please throw my name in the hat.

  37. beth kery
      · June 17th, 2009 at 9:47 pm · Link

    Mary–lol about the nanny’s test tube baby. I love it! You know…I don’t know that I’ve seen Wild, Wicked Desire. I kinda like it. 😀

  38. beth kery
      · June 17th, 2009 at 9:48 pm · Link

    Cheryl– :oohh:
    Coming up with HQN Presents/Desires titles would be a great second jobl

  39. beth kery
      · June 17th, 2009 at 9:58 pm · Link

    Oh, I know! What about Wild, Wicked and Wooly for a sexy shapeshifter?

  40. Donna S
      · June 17th, 2009 at 10:00 pm · Link

    Great giveaway. I have often thought when reading, where did this title come from. But if I am enjoying the book I really dont care what its called. Titles, covers and blurbs all can pull me into wanting to read a book.

  41. Armenia
      · June 17th, 2009 at 10:28 pm · Link

    If I am familiar with an author I generally don’t mind what the title is on their books.

    But I have to admit there are a lot of overdone themes. I mean, what’s up with ‘Billionaire/Tycoon/millionaire’ with ‘pregnant/housekeeper/mistress
    /runaway’ stuff? 🙄

  42. Mary G
      · June 17th, 2009 at 10:33 pm · Link

    Hey Beth
    Wooly LOL. Between shapeshifter, futuristic & paranormal the possibilities are endless. Thanks for another fun blog. Goodnight & sweet (restraint) dreams!!

  43. Cybercliper
      · June 17th, 2009 at 11:36 pm · Link

    Interesting cover art will get me to pick up a book pretty fast which then leads me straight to the back blurb. If the story blurb interests me, I really don’t care what the title is, I’ll usually buy it.

  44. kh
      · June 18th, 2009 at 12:21 am · Link

    love them wicked
    read wicked ties one of the best whoooo

    please count me in for som wickedness lol

  45. LadyVampire2u
      · June 18th, 2009 at 1:03 am · Link

    Yes, I pay attention to titles. I have to admit that the cover is the first thing I notice usually but the second thing would be a title that sticks. Anything ‘wicked’ would stick out to me and make me pull out the book and turn it over to read the blurb. Titles are a big draw actually. The more interesting it is, the better chance I’ll want to see what the book is all about.

  46. Pam P
      · June 18th, 2009 at 1:53 am · Link

    Mostly it’s a cover that will catch my eye, to make me pick up and read the blurb and inside a little. Sometimes though a catchy title can make you stop and look, even with an awful cover, lol. Titles have to be hard, trying not to duplicate, you can only do so much to make it different than what’s already been used without making the title sound like a whole book.

  47. Carol L.
      · June 18th, 2009 at 3:11 am · Link

    I think the first thing for me is the Author and the cover. If I like an Author it doesn’t much matter the title or the cover. The one Title that will definitely sway me is any one with the word Highlander. 🙂 My one weakness.
    Carol L.

  48. ann marie
      · June 18th, 2009 at 6:21 am · Link

    Sometimes I will judge a book by the cover, I know I’m bad, I will buy the book mostly from reading the book blurb. I always do wonder how author’s come up with the book titles.

  49. chris swan
      · June 18th, 2009 at 8:20 am · Link

    I just want to know where they find such gorgeous men for the covers! Boy they are hot! Once I like an author I usually will read what they write but I love to try new authors.

  50. Linna
      · June 18th, 2009 at 10:15 am · Link

    Interesting titles draw my attention, but nice covers win my heart. And I tend to pick up those books with stylish covers. Of couses, the storyline is the most important part. So in the end, it’s the blurb that drives me to the counter and pay for it.

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