Friday, March 8, 2013

Blog Tour: Honora by Cynthia Woolf - Guest Post

The Swords of Gregara - Honora 
by Cynthia Woolf

Released |December 22, 2012|
​Genre |Romance, Sci Fi​|
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They stole her love, her life and want to steal the secrets secured in her mind. Secrets that could topple world governments and decimate quadrant security forever. Now she’s on an epic quest to find out why and make those responsible pay.
Honora Reyestat gave up everything to become a member of the esteemed Gregarian Guard. No family, no friends, no connections--nothing that can ever be used against her. Captured and enslaved, she's become a prized gladiator for her master. Given the task of training a new slave, she recognizes a fellow Zolthor and the son of a tribal leader at that. Her mission changes from discovery of the enemy's tactics and secrets to returning Joridan to his people.
Drawn to this fierce woman as no other, Joridan Dolana tries to explain she is wrong. He's not Zolthor, he's Centauri. He was raised on Centauri with his sister. Faced with proof of a father's ultimate betrayal, he must choose between revenge and the protection of this woman who has sworn to never return his love.
Guest Post 
How do I come up with the titles of my books?
That is not easy to answer.   I usually change the title several times before it actually goes to print.  Tame A Wild Heart was one that my critique group came up with.  The original title was Mountain Splendor.
Then, with a series, once I have the title of the first one, it’s easier to do the second and third.  With the Tame series I knew that they would all have the word Tame in them.  Tame A Wild Wind was called that because they raised thoroughbreds who run like the “wind”.  Tame A Wild Bride was about a mail order bride.
The Swords of Gregara series is a little different.  Each of the books starts on the planet Gregara.  The first and second books stay there and the third book ends up on the planet Thrakus.  The difference in the titled comes from the heroine’s in each of the books.  The first, Jenala, uses a sword to protect herself and because her father was a master swordsman and taught her.  
Riza, the second book, the heroine is a doctor.  Doctors wield swords of a different nature in their scalpels.
Honora, the third heroine, is a gladiator at the start of the book and uses a sword to fight with.  She uses the sword or she dies.
The process of naming each series is different and depends a lot on what is going on in the book.  I try to tell a little bit about the book in the title but it’s hard to do in such a short amount of time.
I haven’t even thought about the title of my next scifi series.  It’s going to be about male members of the elite group called the Swords of Gregara, that you are introduced to in Honora.  They will come to Earth on the heels of escaped villains.   Maybe I should have my fans give me ideas for the title.  Hmm.  Something to keep in mind.

About the Author
​Cynthia Woolf was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.

She worked her way through college and went to work full time straight after graduation and there was little time to write. Then in 1990 she and two friends started a round robin writing a story about pirates. She found that she missed the writing and kept on with other stories. In 1992 she joined Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America.

Unfortunately, the loss of her job demanded she not renew her memberships and her writing stagnated for many years.
In 2001, she saw an ad in the paper for a writer’s conference being put on by CRW and decided she'd attend. One of her favorite authors, Catherine Coulter, was the keynote speaker. Cynthia was lucky enough to have a seat at Ms. Coulter's table at the luncheon and after talking with her, decided she needed to get back to her writing. She rejoined both CRW and RWA that day and hasn't looked back.

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  1. Thanks so much for having me today.

  2. I had no problem naming my series of books but I'm struggling to name an itty bitty short story.... Thanks for the post, anyway. Now I don't feel so alone.

  3. Hi, I've sent you an email about this post. Please read it ASAP. Thanks!

  4. I used to be terrible with titles. Getting much better now. I usually come up with one while I'm plotting.

    1. In my latest series, I had to come up with the titles so I could get the covers done. I wanted them to all have the same feel so I had all three covers done at once.

  5. Hi,
    I think you do a great job with titles. I usually look titles up on Amazon to see how many are similar. If there are several with the same exact name, I have now learned to tweak it.

    Great excerpt.

    1. Thank you. I do try to have my titles convey something of what is in the book. Of course, my latest series is a western series about mail order brides, so each title has Bride in it. I knew that going in, but then had to come up with a hint of a story to get the other titles. I just hope this last one that I'm writing now will keep the title it has. Would hate to have to have the cover artist redo the cover for me, but if that happens oh well, I'll know better next time. :-)

  6. Fun to learn how you choose your titles! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Fun post! I love coming up with titles!

    1. I'm glad you do. Titles are hard for me but not nearly as hard as blurbs. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. I'm struggling with a title for the second book in the series I'm working on, but with the first it came right to me. I'm like you, in that, I like to use something from the book in my title. If I'm really lucky, I'll have a title before starting. All your titles fit your stories perfectly.

    1. MJ that is so kind of you to say about my covers. There have been times that I have the title and now have to write the book. Like the one I'm working on now. The title is Fiery Bride. It is the matchmakers story and it just came to me. Now if I can write a book that fits it.