By: Angi Morgan
GIVEAWAY Alert!Can you imagine JACK BAUER with a name like…Phil?
Or what about a world without SHERLOCK HOLMES?
Scarlet. Rhett. Sam Spade. Pongo. Jamie Frasier. Even Spock.
Jimmy Jones just doesn't have the same ring as James T. Kirk.
So what's in a name? For me…everything. That's where my story begins. Two characters who I hear talking in my head. An opening line, their names, a title and then…there's a story.
For me, heroes and heroines take on characteristics of their names as I write them. In HILL COUNTRY HOLDUP, Jane melts when Steve calls her Janie. In DANGEROUS MEMORIES, a story about the WITSEC program, the heroine isn't certain who she is. Is she Jolene the girl who remembers nothing or Emaline Frasier, the five year old who remembers her mother's murder.
I love nicknames. Maybe because I never had one. While I was growing up there were only two people who ever called me anything other than Angela, my dad and uncle. I was Ang. I didn't become Angi until email (oh wow, I just dated myself). And email helped me become a writer. Now, when someone calls me Angela I sort of cringe. LOL The two names are symbolic for two separate times of my life. Before and After achieving a goal. I like Angi the Author.
When my West Texas Protector series sold, it knocked me off my game a little. You see, I have to change the titles and the heroine names. They need to be a little more feminine. This isn't a deal-breaker, I can do it. I WILL change their names. OOOPPPPSSSS. I'm at a loss. Total blank stare. What should I call them?
Tap. Tap. Tap. Tick. Tick. Tick. I got nuthin'.
Guess I need some help. I'm not sharing the original names or titles to influence you, but here are the character descriptions and new titles.
HEROINE is working on her PhD. She’s in west Texas for “star time” at the McDonald Observatory and has a narrow window to prove her theory and finish her dissertation. The only daughter of one of the top Professors of History and a former astronaut working for Homeland Security, she’s ready for a change. Ready for a job half-way around the world and time away from her career-driven parents. She's watching for Marfa Lights activity and spots something in the sky. She begins to record everything when a man, shot and bleeding, wanders in from the desert.
HEROINE is a more-than-competent DEA agent. But she’s a city girl who’s never even visited a petting zoo. Country life isn’t near her list of favorite things and she’s totally out of her element attempting to ride a horse. A fatal mistake brought her to the Davis Mountains and if she can pinpoint local drug crossings, she’ll get out of West Texas and back to city life. But in order to do her job, she needs a few new skills. She realizes her superiors sent her to Marfa to fail, so she agrees to use her personal experience with PTSD to help Nick. Whether he's aware of the second-hand therapy or not.
HEROINE's widow status in Marfa is a lie. A lie forced on her five years ago when her embarrassed parents’ informed the community her “husband” had died in the war. They allowed her to return when she was pregnant as long as she agreed never to tell anyone the truth. Hers is an age-old story--a married man who lied. Afraid of his threats about telling anyone, she didn’t tell him she was pregnant and in five years’ time she’s never looked back. She’s raised her son and manages the family café/gas station, including the new attractive mechanic, Mitchell Striker. But she’s constantly afraid of what will happen when the truth comes out…as it always does.
Have ideas? August is all about renaming my heroines. And I'm accepting suggestions. The winner will (obviously) get their heroine's name in my book. But I'll also send a free book (digital or physical) now and when their book hits shelves. Details will be on my website sometime next week.
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Angi Morgan writes “Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love.” She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Angi's work has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award, Romantic Times Best First Series, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier.
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ANGI'S August contest is all about naming my characters. You'll have to tell me why. TODAY, I have a signed copy of a Julie Miller Intrigue to give away this week. JUST LEAVE A BLOG COMMENT.
WHAT names would you use for my heroines and why? Remember, Julie's book to a lucky commenter…and you'll be entered in the August contest.
Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST August 2nd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.