Friday, May 3, 2013

A Poll: Help Me Choose a Book Title

I've been busy polishing a brand new romantic suspense, my first new release in a long time and expect to have it out mid-summer, but there are still major decisions to make.  Among them is the title. After much putting together of heads, my critique partner and I came up with the title KNOW WHEN TO RUN, taken from Kenny Roger's famous song, The Gambler, a definitely appropriate title since the majority of this story takes place on a Mississippi riverboat casino. 

On the other hand, the story concerns an amnesiac blackjack dealer, who is accused of running out on her bail. I'm in the middle of revising the scenes where she starts regaining her memory, and a new shorter and more sassy title came to mind, one just as linked to story content, if not more so. That title is BAIL JUMPER.

To give you more information, I've included the book blurb below. Please let me know your opinion through the poll located on the left-hand column. I need your help to decide so I can put this book to bed and appreciate your opinions. Thanks.
She woke up one morning on a Mississippi riverboat casino with a huge headache and no idea who she was. Nearly two years later a bounty hunter came after her, claiming she killed her father and ran out on her bail. She says he's got the wrong woman. Only one of them is right . . .
Connie Flynn, bestselling, award-winning author of ten published novels and three published short stories, also teaches fiction writing at Mesa Community College. She has been reissuing her legacy books in the Amazon Kindle store and her online bookstore is growing.  Busy polishing a recently completed new novel scheduled for mid-summer publication, she also had another new work in progress. She writes in several genres — paranormal romance, romantic comedy, action-adventure and contemporary fantasy. She also writes mystery and suspense as K.C. Flynn. Look for several new releases from Connie/K.C. in 2013.


  1. I like Know When to Run. This is purely my opinion, but Know When to Run makes we want to read the blurb and find out more. It's a little more mysterious. While Bail Jumper is good, the first thing that came to mind was "Dog (Is that his name?) Bounty Hunter ", the guy from reality TV... Hope that helps. :)

  2. Know When To Run suggests her present predicament, that she might have gotten here because she knew when to run. For me, the Kenny Rogers song came to mind without needing explanation, maybe because of my age, or maybe it's ingrained into our culture. Based on the story description, I think it fits.
    - Curt

  3. Kim and Curt, thanks for the feedback. And, Curt, I'm pretty sure many people know where the line Know When to Run came from but with the younger crowd, you never know. But I won't be explaining it in the book because the title will make sense without even knowing it's a song lyric. Kim, Dog from Bounty Hunter? Golly, I didn't even know about him.

    I'm taking in the feedback from both of you cause you've given me some food for thought. Thanks for taking the time.

  4. Connie, I'd have to say that anytime I think of riverboats and gambling, I invariably think of the movie Maverick, starring Mel Gibson.

    That being said, one of my favorite songs by Clint Black (and one that played in the movie Maverick) is "A Good Run of Bad Luck"-- which is a title I can see working really well for your story as well. Also, "River Run" could be a good fit.

  5. Amanda, hello. When you first mentioned Maverick I thought you'd made a mistake about the actor but I looked it up and Mel did play that role, with James Garner as a secondary character. I can't believe James didn't get the role, even though Mel was a much bigger star. Your suggestions are great and I'm giving them some serious thought. Thanks very much.


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