Summer Fire and Heat Lightning

Today I’d like to welcome Joan Reeves to my Writer Wednesday feature. She’s a writer that I have come to know in the past few months, and I’ve read several of her books. I haven’t read this one yet, but I will as soon as it comes out.


Summer Fire & Evocative Titles

by Joan Reeves

In the beginning when an author starts a book, perhaps the most important words she, or he, writes is the title. A title, those few words, can either leap onto the page or be dragged kicking and screaming from the author’s brain.

In today’s publishing world where thousands of titles are published weekly, selecting a title can often be a chore. The author wants a title that (1) says what the book is about (2) makes the reader want to get that book (3) sets a mood or tone (4) is unforgettable (5) never gets dated and a whole host of other attributes.

How do you get a title that “sings,” in other words, it rolls off the tongue and sounds good and makes the reader sit up and take notice? Oh, and it shouldn’t already be attached to another book. That last is hard to do in today’s world when so many books are being published.


Titles That Worked

Why do you think these titles worked so well?

Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

In the Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke

Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson and the other books in his trilogy.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

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Why I Chose Heat Lightning

Here in Texas we have really hot, steamy summers. If you’re in the country, it’s not uncommon to see heat lightning at night. Heat lightning is what they call flashes of lightning on the horizon that aren’t accompanied by thunder. This happens because the lightning occurs very far away and the sound dissipates before it reaches the observer.

Long ago when I heard the term, heat lightning for this phenomenon, it stuck with me. I thought THAT would be a great title for a book.

In Heat Lightning, desire flashes–quickly, silently–between Tessa and her husband David whom she does not remember.


Summer Fire Authors & Their Titles

Heat Lightning is part of the Summer Fire: Love When It’s Hot Contemporary Romance Collection. Here are the other titles and authors. After reading the title and short description, do you think the title represents the story? More importantly, does it make you want to read the book?


Gennita Low, author of Sizzle. “Sizzling passion and flying bullets.”

Stacey Mosteller, author of Just One Summer. “Good girl meets bad boy in Just One Summer.”

R.J. Lewis, author of Sinful. “She’s straight and narrow; he’s sinfully rebellious.”

Kym Grosso, author of Solstice Burn. “Love and erotic temptation in the tropics.”

Victoria Danann, author of A Season in Gemini. “A breath of fresh romance–normal and paranormal.”

L. Wilder, author of Summer Storm. “Can their love survive the storm?”

Linda Barlow, author of My Mile-High Mistake. “Can she resist his temptation at 35,000 feet?”

Teresa Gabelman, author of Rodeo Romance. “Summer + Cowboys = Sexy Fun.”

Cat Miller, author of Sun Burnt. “Sophisticated city girl’s wild ride with a cowboy.”

Mimi Barbour, author of Big Girls Don’t Cry. “Why cry when no one is listening?”

Helen Scott Taylor, author of Irish Kisses. “Second chance at love in an enchanting Irish castle.”

Clarissa Wild, author of Killer. “Bitterness turns into an obsession; a stalker is born.”

Patrice Wilton, author of A Man for Hire. “She hired him for a weekend, not to find love.”

Nicole Blanchard, author of Anchor. “Guaranteed to get you wet!”

Victoria James, author of Sweet Surrender. “He wanted the sweetest surrender.”

Mona Risk, author of Husband for a Week. “Never fall in love with a fake husband.”

Lorhainne Eckhart, author of His Promise. “A love they thought would last forever.”

Danielle Jamie, author of Tan Lines and Salty Kisses. “Second chance romance sure to steam up your Ereader.”

Joan Reeves, author of Heat Lightning. “Secrets, lies, passion. Secrets can kill.”

Brandy L Rivers, author of Summer Rhythm. “Doug never could resist Chloe. Is she back for good?”

Terri Marie, author of Someone Exactly Like You. “The chase is on!”


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Bio Note:

Joan Reeves, whose book in Summer Fire is Heat Lightning, is a bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. Available as ebooks and audiobooks, her romance novels all have the same underlying theme: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.” Joan lives her happily ever after with her husband in the Lone Star State. Sign up for WordPlay, Joan’s free email list for readers:

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