Monday, August 06, 2007

What's in a name?

Okay folks, I need some help. I need a title! I'm working on a slightly new angle, a romantic comedy, but I haven't a clue what to name the frigging thing. For a long time it was called Rock Me, but I'm not in love with that title. Here's the blurb:

Loli Campbell’s mother always told her not to fall for a music man.

The last one left her broke and living in a VW camper van. And when Ben Montagu, hotshot music manager, crashes said van, she doesn’t even have that.

Still, at least he tries to make amends—installing her in his swanky beach villa and replacing all the band equipment he’s just destroyed. Oh yes—Loli’s band. The one she manages. The one that’s on the cusp of stardom. Ben thinks they’re great, and they are—but that can’t be the only reason he’s interested in Loli, can it?

Can it?

It's set in north Cornwall at a swanky new resort outside Newquay, during a long, hot summer. Ben is blond, green-eyed, and has the build of a rugby player. He works for a huge international talent agency, and he's on the trail of a popstar diva who doesn't want to go on tour. Loli is a surfer chick, who's filling in as her band's drummer--at least, until the car crash that sprains her wrist. Years ago, when they were both at university, Loli went out a couple of times with Ben's twin brother--and Ben fell for her. But since he didn't want to risk his relationship with his brother, he kept his distance and allowed them both to think he just didn't like Loli. He was, of course, lying.

Themes include: music of the rock/pop variety (Ben finds Loli dancing to early Beatles), surfing, summer, and two people who can't admit they're crazy about each other. Part of me wants to call it Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dancer, except that a) Loli's not particularly tiny and b) a certain Mr. John might sue me.

Any suggestions?


  1. I'm not all that great with titles (I usually just go with the song that inspired me the most and since my song tastes are a bit obscure that hasn't been a problem yet).

    But in the Hold Me vein, I was thinking maybe you could do a play on the U2 song title 'Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me' for your book.

  2. I like Almost Human - I have always thought he looked like Wolverine. Maneater is to die for as well.