Title for My Next Book?

ImageNew Year’s Eve was quiet this year. Rich was recovering from a nasty bug, so we didn’t visit with friends or family. We played some Dr. Mario, and I kicked him to the curb as I won nearly every game. I realize I should have gone easy on him as he wasn’t at his best, but my competitive nature Imagewouldn’t allow it, and I gloated and taunted him, and I let him know definitively that I was the champion of 2012!

With all of that winning adrenaline coursing through my veins, I sat down at my desk and gave some thought to the next Susan Hunter book. I was surprised at how many ideas came to mind, so I started mapping out scenes.

With 26 seconds remaining until the ball dropped in Times Square, I dashed over to the den, stood behind Rich’s chair, and kissed him on the top of his head at midnight. I love him, but I didn’t want his germs. I told him I would see him later, and dashed back to my desk. Aren’t I romantic?

At 2:30 a.m., I had my notes finished, and I realized I could start writing the book. I had most of the pieces.

I promise I won’t torture you by babbling about this book all the time, but I need some help. The titles of the books have all had a theme. Sushine Hunter referenced the nickname of the state of Florida; all of the other titles had city nicknames.

This book will start in fictional Carbide City, Ohio, move to Niagara Falls, then to Toronto, farther north to a hunting/fishing lodge, and finally back to Niagara Falls.

I don’t have a title. There are no nicknames that work for Niagara Falls or Toronto. I don’t think I like Niagara Falls Hunter – or Niagara Hunter, or Falls Hunter, or Falling Hunter. Sheesh.

There may be treasure in this book. Treasure Hunter Hunter. Oh, yeah, that’s good. /sarcasmImage

Oooh! I think there will be a Bigfoot in this book. Bigfoot Hunter. Sasquatch Hunter. Cue the Fonzie music.

There may be a rare coin(s), mules (like drug mules, but no drugs), muskie, sturgeon, bear, and frogs.

Susan will be meeting with an editor in Toronto to publish a children’s picture book entitled, Stuck in the Bushes.

I think that’s all I have to share at this time. Any ideas for a title?

Disclaimer: If you offer an idea that I like and decide to use, by offering it, you agree there will be no payment to you other than a free book when it is finished. If you offer an idea, and it doesn’t quite do it for me, please don’t be offended. Silliness is always appreciated here, but no vulgarity please. Also, remember that Zombie Hunter, Rat Hunter, Gorilla Hunter, and Flushing Hunter have all been suggested at other times and rejected. Thanks again for those suggestions, guys.

100 thoughts on “Title for My Next Book?

  1. Haha she’s all like wheee im dying and the waterfall’s all like whoosh and all and stuff.

    You are so prolific!

    I’ll just let my brain go…
    Horseshoe hunter, fronteir hunter, romance hunter, holiday hunter, adventure hunter, barrel hunter, hunting a hunter hunter, tourist hunter, oh! Hi! Oh… Hunter, prawn hunter, huntyMcHunter hunter, mario hunter, dead hunter, the 6th book with susan hunter hunter, the one where she has the baby hunter, untitled hunter. I give up…hunter.

    • That picture of Susan going over the Falls makes me laugh every time I look at it. I had to do this post just to use that picture.

      And how crazy are you!! What a hoot – Prawn Hunter. 😉 Tourist Hunter isn’t all that bad. HuntyMcHunter – you are out of control!

      Thanks for trying!! 🙂

    • Labatt’s. You want to know what’s funny? I haven’t had her drink a beer yet! Wine and alcohol, but no beer! I will rectify that in Canada. *I* don’t drink beer, and I never thought to have her grab one. I am way to close to this character. She needs to get her own life.

      We had some wonderful fishing trips to Canada, too. Mostly to Rice Lake with family, but once I went deep into Canada and fished for muskie from a canoe. Quite an experience. I hated the portaging part.

      • That’s why I separated the words. Honey can refer to the man in her life, while the moon could refer to romance time while the mystery action unfolds, and the two words are a pun on the honeymoon attraction of the falls.

        • I should have know that’s what you meant when you wax so poetic in your stories. 😉 When you read my book one day, you will see that I would write: “They kissed on the balcony.” While you would write something exquisitely beautiful that captured the emotion, the smells, the sounds, as the kiss lingered …” Well, you know what I mean. 🙂

          • I am reading your book, and even though I have been remiss in devoting more time, I truly appreciated winning it, I like it, and I will comment. Nothing wrong with “They kissed on the balcony”; “We parted in Paris. She kissed me and recommended I take the train north out of the city.”

  2. Hi Maddie and a very happy new year!
    Love your ideas, but are you sure Susan will want to call the children’s book Stuck in the bushes??? Please, don’t !
    All the best,

    • I can’t think of Canada without thinking of Dudley Do-Right so I guess i would try Do-Right Hunter or Mounty Hunter but they might not have the right ring to sell books. Saskatchewan Sasquatch Hunter mihght really catch attention but I don’t know what part of Canada Niagra Falls is near.
      BTW-I am about half way through your book and I am really enjoying it. Very well written.

      • Thank you for the kind words about my book, Bo. I’m tickled pink you are enjoying it. 😉 I laughed out loud when you mentioned Dudley Do-Right. I love that character, and would you believe I based a character on him in my third book in Vegas – Sin City Hunter. 🙂

    • Thanks, Kate! I like Honeymoon Hunter if there was a honeymoon in the book. I told Steven “Honey Moon” works with the color of the moon. I’m thinking the perfect title will show up somewhere in the writing process – and it just might lead back to one that’s been mentioned here. 🙂

  3. Well… that’s a tough one. When someone mentions Canada I immediately think of snow, hockey and maple syrup. Will there be any of those three in your book? Snow Hunter sounds a bit cheesy…. I will continue thinking for more titles!

  4. What fun!
    Here are my loopy ideas:
    Hunter Falls (as previously suggested)
    Buffalo Hunter (because Niagara Falls is so near Buffalo)
    Hunter, Eh? (Canada. 🙂

    The book sounds like a lot of fun. I can’t believe you stayed up and write after midnight. I’m impressed. What a way to start the new year!

    • I think “Hunter, Eh?” is really funny. 🙂 I remember being excited by the “big city” of Buffalo when I was a kid. Once we passed through there, I knew Niagara Falls wasn’t too much farther. … I’m always up after midnight, and when the ideas come, I have to write them down!

  5. You’ve got me stumped, Maddie! I can only think of Big River Hunter, Falls Hunter, Cascade Hunter (cascade being the french name for waterfall – I think).

    You’re very good for working on NYE – hope hubby is feeling better 😀

    • Hubby is feeling better, thank you. It was fun working on New Year’s Eve. I tend to smile and even laugh out loud at times as I think of things I can do to these characters. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestions. Falls Hunter is definitely an option.

  6. One of the three falls that make up Niagara Falls, or so Wikipedia tells me, is called Bridal Veil Falls. Could the title be something to do with honeymoons? Or bridal veils?

    • I forgot about all of the other names in the area – Three Sisters Islands and Goat Island. I could have the climax on Goat Island and call it Goat Island Hunter. (That sounds like the title of a Boxcar Children book. :-)) Thanks for the suggestions, Mary!

      • Pleasure, Maddie.
        PS. Another prolific (Aussie) writer is Kerry Greenwood. Her most popular books are the Phryne Fisher mysteries , set in Melbourne, 1928. Phryne (pronounced Frynie) is a detective.

  7. As a real, live, in-the-flesh Canadian I have to laugh at some peoples’ perceptions of my country! I grew up in and around Toronto and it’s as metropolitan as it comes. 🙂

    I’m genuinely terrible with titles and headlines, but here are a few more Canadian stereotypes/icons for your amusement:
    Canuck Hunter
    Poutine Hunter
    Beaver Hunter (not so PG)
    Loonie Hunter (the loonie is the one-dollar coin)
    That’s about all I got. Tower Hunter? The CN Tower, in Toronto, is kind of a major landmark.
    Good luck!

    • Hi Nicole! Thanks for stopping by. I love Toronto and have been in the CN Tower, traipsed through Casa Loma, and climbed Scarborough Bluffs even though the signs told me not to. 😉 Some of the wilderness-type titles may have been proffered from the hunting/fishing camp much farther north that I referenced. … You made me google poutine. 🙂 LOL on beaver. They are such amazing creatures, and when our son was young, we searched for articles and pictures online. I yanked him away from the comptuer fast!!

    • Hog Hunter! So funny!
      I did look up nicknames for Toronto, but didn’t find anything that seemed to be universally known. I think we’re narrowing it down though. Thanks for the link!

    • This may be the last book in the series, so I would like to carry on the continuity, if possible. All of the book are subtitled “A Susan Hunter Mystery.” However, it is something to think about. Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂

    • I’m sending Susan to Niagara Falls! I would have her walk up Clifton Hill with you, but I don’t think she will be there long enough. 😉 You are plenty creative, Robert, and I am now reading that you are famous, too. I’ll be over to your place in a few minutes! 😉

    • Have you ever been on the Maid of the Mist? For all the times I’ve been to Niagara Falls, that is the one attraction I avoided. I’m afraid of heights, but I rode the cable car over the whirlpool. For some reason, I couldn’t ever make myself get on that boat. … Thanks for the suggestion!

  8. How about “Niagara Hunter”
    Perfect with the falling picture, right?
    You could decide the best title that suit perfect with the content inside the book..

    • Niagara Hunter would be perfect with the picture, Kenny! 🙂 Once I start writing, and the content becomes more clear, I will surely find the perfect title in there, I think. Thank you for stopping by, Kenny.

    • John! It’s just after 3 a.m. and I’m punchy. I must drag myself to bed. I’m trying not to laugh out loud and wake my husband. Hunter Gone Wild! “Hunter and Him” cracks me up! … If I step away from what I usually do, Treasuring Niagara – or Treasure Niagara – is a possibility.

      Happy New Year to you, too, and thanks for stopping by. You’ll be happy to know I’ve been driving sanely lately. Too much snow on the roads to do any drafting off the semis.

  9. I finished “Windy City Hunter” last night and thouroughly enjoyed it. It was a great read and knowing that you wrote it in a month made it that much more fascinating. Thanks for the copy.

  10. “Kissing Under the Falls Hunter”, well what do you think ? !!!!! I love it !!! But then again you would have to add lots of kissing in the book, Susan would love that ! I just finished your first book “Sunshine Hunter” what a great book Maddie. I tried to do a review but for some reason it published way to much info, so I will try to do it again tomorrow. I’m going to start reading “Big Apple Hunter” tomorrow. “Kissing Under the Falls Hunter” hmmmmm……. or just “Kissing the Falls Hunter” hmmmm… ok, ok …… I’ll keep thinking !!!!

    • Rita Kay, you are so much fun! The kissing theme is mighty tempting! I’m so glad you enjoyed Sunshine Hunter. That means so much to me, and thank you for letting me know! 🙂 xoxoxooxoxo

    • Hahaha! You’ve got the barrel and the falls covered! 🙂 Here’s a little secret … Ninety percent of the book takes place in Canada. I think the title I’m going to use is on the paper, on the ground, next to the lady holding the drink at the top of my post, “Drink Up!” No one noticed it. 😉

  11. Incredible! You just sat down and knocked out the plot of your next thriller on New Year’s Eve?? Man, that Doc Mario must really get the creative juices flowing!!

    Hm. High North Hunter? High Country Hunter? Is the heroine going to walk across the falls?– High Wire Hunter might work… : P

    Of course they have that little vocal schtick up in Canada where they turn statements into questions, so maybe you could call it Hunter, Eh??

    Good luck, Title Hunter, I know it’s gonna be great no matter what you call it! : )

    • I just saw Mischief Hunter go flying by in my notifications. 😉 I love Hunter, Eh??, because I love saying, “eh?” … The title has been determined, and I’m starting to write today! Maple Leaf Hunter. Wilderness setting on cover with Canadian Flag/maple leaf somewhere in setting.

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