Staring off into space as usual, I dreamed of a bookshelf full of new YA/NA romances...
Bared to a Poet: A sex romp with a twenty-something British poet laureate named Byron.
Deadly Gorgeous: A secret agent falls for his target, a diplomat who turns out to be a zombie.
Gentleman of Disaster: A former gigolo is looking for a new life in Disaster, Tennessee.
The town of Disaster is the setting for ...
Hillbilly Hottie (Disaster #2) *Shockingly, the author of Hillbilly Hottie is accused of plagiarizing an episode of the Beverly Hillbillies, but she proves her innocence and releases ...
Losing a Dangerous Disaster (Disaster #3): A rancher in Disaster, Tennessee chooses the wrong woman, then realizes his mistake with the help of his loyal assistant named Sally.
Scarily Appealing: A ghost with six pack abs shows up on campus and helps a losing team turn things around and win the state championship.
Overwrought and Self-Assured: The heart-wrenching story of a burned-out Kurt-Cobain-like rock star.
Sleazy: A girl with a bad reputation tries out for the New York Ballet Theater and accidentally starts dating one of the the instructors at the school.
Breezy (Sleazy #2): A frustrated Manhattan office worker heads for the high seas as a cruise director.
Cheesy (Sleazy #3): The youngest sister of a ballerina and cruise director goes to France to study cheese making and meets the owner of a local vineyard.
Loveless: The story of a guy who loves a girl named Leslie.
Come to think of it, some of these sound interesting. Who am I to make fun of titles? For my novel, LOVE and CANDY, I wanted to think up a brilliant title but kept coming back to the first scene of the story when Delaney sings Sex and Candy by Marcy's Playground to a girl licking a lollipop. At best the title is misleading.
The truth is, I'm feeling snarky because LOVE and CANDY is off trend a bit -- the tone is serious drama and the conversation is tense and snide, risky sex isn't regretted, there's a dominant/submissive dynamic that's not play but real life, and the main character is a brain who's not a role model. I wrote it inside my own little world, completely unaware of the situation in publishing today. So imagine my surprised when I started studying the titles on the best sellers list.