Coming up with just the right title for a book is quite the ordeal for me. But no matter what title I settle on, there is always a good chance the publisher will change it. Right now, my task is to come up with a list of alternatives for Book #4 of PROJECT JUSTICE. The working title is SHADOWS FROM THE PAST. I’m not terribly crazy about it, so I don’t mind if it changes, but I would like to provide a dynamite list of titles for my publisher to choose from. The better my list, the stronger chance I have of getting a really great title!
Want to help? I’m taking suggestions. Mail them to Kara939firstname.lastname@example.org. If a title you suggest ends up on the cover, I’ll mail you a free copy of the book. (If multiple people suggest the same title, and it gets used, I’ll send ALL of you free books.)
Here is the story in a nutshell: Mitch Delacroix, Project Justice’s resident computer expert/skip tracer, is charged with a murder that happened 12 years ago in his Louisiana hometown. All of Project Justice leaps to his defense, and no one defends him more stridently than evidence analyst Beth McClelland, who has loved Mitch forever. But as the evidence piles up against Mitch, and secrets about his past come to light, Beth’s job of proving his innocence gets more challenging. Soon she must choose between the evidence and her own instincts.
Mitch’s challenge is to come to terms with his wild past, the anger inside him, and his feud with his half-brother, now a cop, and to make amends with his mother, whom he blames for allowing his father to abuse him as a child. He has to learn to accept Beth’s love and her faith in him, which he feels he doesn’t deserve.
It’s a fairly dark story; the theme has to do with trust and forgiveness, and that you can’t run away from your past because it comes back to bite you. The story is set mostly in southern Louisiana, very small town, on the Bayou. The hero is Cajun.
Have at it! I need these fairly quickly, so I’m only taking suggestions until 11 p.m. Pacific time tomorrow night (Tuesday 6/14/11).