Susan Mac Nicol: Saving Alexander Blog Tour – Choosing a Title


I think choosing a title for your book is one of the most difficult things to do. In just a few words, you need to sum up the essence of the book while keeping it catchy. The title has to draw the eye, entice the reader to pick it up,  read the blurb, browse the book and hopefully,  buy it.

That’s where I’m lucky to have the creative talent of the Boroughs team, who came up with the titles of Cassandra by Starlight (originally called Reel Life), Confounding Cupid (Valentine Cupid) and The Magick of Christmas (Pas de Deux). I’m proud to say I came up with the title for Together in Starlight, Stripped Bare, Saving Alexander and Waiting for Rain. I’m learning :)

I mean, can you imagine looking at books like ‘The Great Gatsby’, knowing that Scott F Fitzgerald nearly called this book The High Bouncing Lover? I kid you not. George Orwell’s ‘1984′ was originally called The Last Man in Europe. Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ was originally called The Dead-Undead. Not very catchy at all. Ayn Rand’s book ‘Atlas Shrugged’ was called ‘The Strike’ before she thought it gave away too much of the plot so she changed it. And Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’, was titled Atticus.

I have to confess though. I came up with the title for Stripped Bare by using one of those title generators you get online. This is a pretty good one. I kept asking it to generate titles and eventually I got the word Stripped in one of them and ‘Bare’ in another and immediately thought ‘ Stripped Bare’.

I also found some really weird ones, male oriented and very sexual in their creation and I’ve shared a few of them here –

Pleasure in the Sex

Silky Boyfriend

Delicious Boy

The Smooth Husband

Hunter in the Lover

The Licking Flying (?)

The Hustler in the Hustler

Entwined Men


Can you imagine picking up any one of these books with a title like that?

There are plenty of lists around with ‘Books with the Worst Titles’ and one of my favourite titles on this list is ‘Knitting with Dog Hair’ with the tag line ‘Better a sweater from a dog you know and love than from a sheep you’ll never meet.’

 It’s a classic. There are plenty more funny and side splitting titles here..

Goodreads also has a great list of titles you can browse through…

Book Trailer (click below)

About the Book

Title: Saving Alexander

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Bookseller: Boroughs Publishing Group

Punishing himself for a horrific past that is not his fault, bestselling author Alexander Montgomery seeks redemption and love—and perhaps he will find it.

Famous author though he may be, Alexander Montgomery is not someone you take home to meet Mother. Seriously flawed, damaged by a horrific past, he’s trying hard to claw his way back to normality. But how can anyone respect what he truly is? His therapy involves regular sessions at Study in Scarlet, an exclusive S&M club.

Then comes Sage. Tall, with black hair and blue eyes, an up-and-coming actor with impossible charm and boy-next-door good looks, he’s the perfect choice to play the leading man in a TV adaptation of Alex’s last best-seller. Even more, he is a man you introduce to your family. Which Alex would do—if he weren’t taken by another man who offers the punishments Alex prays will wipe away the past and make him the person he wants to be. Yet, perhaps there is another path to redemption. If only the solution would reach out and touch him.



Read An Excerpt

Tour Giveaway

Susan and her publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, will be awarding a five-book subscription to their Lunchbox Romance line, plus a copy of Stripped Bare to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

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About Susan Mac Nicol


Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, UK, and left for South Africa when she was eight. She returned to the UK thirty years later and now lives in Essex. Her debut novel Cassandra by Starlight, the first in a trilogy, was published earlier this year by Boroughs Publishing Group in the US. Sue’s latest story, Saving Alexander is her second m/m romance.

Sue has written since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself being a Romance writer, being a horror/psychological thriller reader all her life. But the Romance genre is now something very close to her heart and she intends continuing the trend.

Sue is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Romantic Novelists Association here in the UK.

To learn more, visit Susan on her website and blog on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and Pinterest.

Susan Mac Nicol is also author of The Magick of Christmas, Confounding Cupid, Cassandra by Starlight , Together in Starlight and the best-selling Stripped Bare.

Saving Alexander Tour Dates

Saturday 2nd NovemberSid Love (guest post) & Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews (review, guest post and giveaway)

Sunday 3rd NovemberCharlie Cochet (guest post)

Monday 4th NovemberAnnette Gisby from Zipper Rippers (guest post) & Kathy from Book Reviews and More (guest post)

Tuesday 5th NovemberDianne Bylo from Tome Tender Book Blog (review) & Scott Burkett from Gay. Guy. Reading (review & guest post)

Wednesday 6th NovemberVirtual Writers, Inc. (interview) & Hearts on Fire (review)

Thursday 7th NovemberMrs Condit from Mrs Condit Reads Books (review and giveaway)

Friday 8th NovemberSusan Mac Nicol’s site

Saturday 9th November –  GraveTells (promo)

Sunday 10th November – Twitter Interview with Susan Mac Nicol at 3pm GMT

Monday 11th NovemberSarah Madison (interview)

Tuesday 12th NovemberSophie Sansregret from Evolved Books (review and guest post)

Wednesday 13th November – Twinsie Talk  (review)

Thursday 14th NovemberKathryn Lively from ARe Cafe (guest post)

Friday 15th November – Kirsty Vizard from All in One Place (review)

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  1. Thank you so much for being a guest, Susan! Personally, I find the synopsis and blurb way harder, but boot titles are certainly right up there on the “This is driving me crazy” writing scale. Lol. I like turning to music for book titles, but that’s because I listen to a lot of music when writing. Great source of inspiration. Congrats on the new release!

  2. Thank you for hosting me today in the Purple Rose Tea House, Charlie. As always I love being on your beautiful blog. I hope people get a giggle out of some of the crazy book titles out there…

  3. I’m so looking forward to reading Saving Alexander! Very cool info about the possible titles of classics. :)

  4. That was really interesting finding out what some of the classics were almost named–no, they wouldn’t have been the same otherwise! I find that naming characters and stories doesn’t come easily to me, but I also know that I’ve nailed it when the name comes to me and I find myself shouting ‘Eureka!’ :-)

    I’m really looking forward to Saving Alexander–there is something so compelling about damaged heroes!

  5. I’ve never actually thought about how much effort authors put into book titles. I feel a bit shame faced for that now, haha. I like your book titles. They’ve always seemed to fit with your books.
    I enjoy finding why the book is titles a certain way. Like when I’m reading and I find that line or description or just that something that just jumps out at me and tells me this is why the book was named this.

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