Many of you have heard I'm working on a new fantasy series. It's actually due to my editor on March 1st and I really, really should be writing.... ;>
For a few months now, the novel hasn't had a title. I've been referring to it as the Healer fantasy or novel number nine (N to the 3rd power or cubed if you're a math geek...er...lover). Finding the perfect title for a book is sometimes hard for an author and then when you add in the opinions of an editor, her boss, the imprint manager, the sales staff, the PR department, foreign offices, etc.... It makes it even harder. Titles are important - many readers have told me the title caught their eye (same with book covers) and I appreciate the expertise my editor and all those others bring to the table.
After a month of debate......drum roll please......novel number nine is now TOUCH OF POWER.
Here's the cover blurb: Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.
Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life....
The book is coming out January 2012 - just in time to spend your holiday gift cards on :) I don't have cover art - it's too soon, but probably will in a few months.
So, I'm dying to know...what do you think of the title?
PS: I just posted about a contest I'm running over at Facebook. If you're a Facebook friend (or want to be ;) go over and look for my regular page - not the "fan" page and just post a comment for a chance to win :)