Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What's in a Name?

Susan Sleeman here. I’ve been working on cover ideas and a title for the last book (book 5) in the Justice Agency series. It's almost as hard to choose a name for a book as it is to chose one for a child. As I've been working on it,  I've been thinking about how important both items are to the success of a book and wondered what you thought.

This book, a Love Inspired Suspense, takes place on the river in Portland and in San Diego. The hero lives in a floating home and there are several scenes in the book that feature water.

We decided on calling the book Dark Tide, which I thought was very appropriate to the setting while at the same time conveying suspense. I hope it does both and intrigues the readers to want to give the book a second look.

Here's one of the pictures I submitted to the art department for the cover of book. What does this picture evoke for you?

So what about you? What motivates you to pick up a book? Are you intrigued by the title, the cover or the author? Or maybe it's the back cover copy?Or maybe it's none of the above. Weigh in. Let me know what you look for.

NO WAY OUT - Book three in The Justice Agency Now Available

Alyssa Wells has uncovered evidence that her police officer husband was murdered by his partner-a dangerous claim in a small town. After two tours in Iraq, protecting Alyssa and her children shouldn’t be a problem for private investigator Cole Justice. Alyssa feels drawn to him, but how can she trust anyone after everything she’s been through? Cole’s sure his heart is closed off to love, but Alyssa and her children seem to have found a way in. As the killer draws closer, Alyssa realizes she’s trusting Cole with more than her safety.

SUSAN SLEEMAN is a best-selling author of inspirational romantic suspense and mystery novels. Her first romantic suspense title, High-Stakes Inheritance earned a spot on the ECPA bestseller list and her Garden Gate Mystery series, which features Nipped in the Bud, and Read Between the Tines has enjoyed time on Amazon bestseller lists as well. And The Christmas Witness was named a finalist in the 2011 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to writing, Susan hosts the popular internet website She currently lives in Oregon, but has had the pleasure of living in nine states. Her husband is a church music director and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law, and an adorable grandson. To connect with Susan outside of her – Website visit any of these social media sites-

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