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Talking about Titles with Elodie Parkes


Thank you for inviting me to Literary Lagniappe today with my new release romance books.


The Flower Box and Candy Hearts, were released very close together, February 7 and 14 by Hot Ink Press.

Contemporary, erotic romance, and without my usual twist of paranormal, fantasy or magic, I’ve enjoyed writing these love stories. They are both Valentine’s Day oriented stories, but can be read anytime. Although they fit into the category of erotic romance, because the bedroom door is open, they are classic romance stories with happy endings.

The Flower Box (Novella)

Alice longs for love. Oliver wants to give her flowers and candy until he thinks she has another lover. Will his jealousy drive him away from Alice or straight into her arms?

Candy Hearts (a Hot Ink Short)

Tom found a new job, but can he find love?

Working in a surf coast hotel seems like the remedy for his previous unhappiness, but as Valentine’s Day approaches, Tom realizes he’s lonely, and looks around for someone to love.


Today I’m talking about titles.

It’s not usually hard for me to choose a title for my stories. It generally drops into my head, sometimes before I start, sometimes as I’m writing. This time each of my stories were difficult to title. What’s in a title? So much it’s hard to believe. Like the cover, a title can draw or repel readers.

Behind the scenes about The Flower Box and Candy Hearts titles

Candy Hearts was originally going to be titled, A Piece of my Heart. Then it was going to be Who is she Really? Then it was untitled. After the story was finished, I couldn’t sleep for two days until I changed it to Candy Hearts, which suddenly came to me. I know there are other stories out there in the world with that title, but in the end, it fit my story so well, and I wanted it badly.

The Flower Box was originally titled, A Random act of Kindness and then I decided it wasn’t a very hot title for an erotic romance. (Smiles) So, it became A Valentine Gift. After a few weeks of writing, I couldn’t stand that title. Then I considered Flowers and Candy because of the shop my leading lady, Alice, runs. One morning I got up and named it, The Flower Box. (laughs)

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I hope this hasn’t become a new trend for me, because even though I now have three projects on the go, only one has a title.

GIVEAWAY: Elodie is offering two readers a choice of either The Flower Box or Candy Hearts. All you need to do is comment on the blog.Thank you for visiting today! Contest ends  2/23 at 11:59PM EST.




Hot snippet From Candy Hearts 18+

She watched him closely.

Tom saw her gaze trace his mouth, then his body. The atmosphere between them charged as she broadcast attraction signals. He edged his hand along the tabletop so that he might touch hers when she reached for her water glass.

It happened as they stared at each other.

Tom’s cock hardened as the prickle of desire flew along his arm from her touch. He saw her eyes darken and she leaned into him. He took hold of her hand then, locking fingers with hers. He had to kiss her. He raised his other hand, slid it gently along her cheek, and brought her head to his.

The kiss was devastatingly sexy. His cock, rock hard now, pushed at his suit pants. Sky’s lips parted for his tongue. He kissed her, and the steady hum of the restaurant guests’ chatter receded. Surrounded by the scent of her silky hair and softness of her skin, Tom took his time.

Copyright Elodie Parkes 2014

Buy The Flower Box

Buy Candy Hearts 


About the author:

Elodie Parkes is a British author writing romance, erotic, contemporary, and often with a twist of mystery, paranormal or suspense. Her books are always steamy, her motto is cool stories and hot love scenes.

Elodie lives in Canterbury with her two dogs. She works in an antique shop by day and writes at night, loving the cloak of silent darkness that descends on the rural countryside around her home.

Elodie writes for, Hot Ink Press, Moon Rose Publishing, Eternal Press, and Evernight

She has also released titles as an individual indie author.

Find Elodie online: Blog  Tumblr  Facebook  Twitter  Google +  Pinterest  YouTube  Amazon USA  Amazon UK  Smashwords  Barnes and Noble  ARe  Bookstrand  Evernight  Manic Readers  The Romance Reviews


Author: emilycale

Erotic romance writer. Runs on caffeine and wine. Don't feed after midnight.

3 thoughts on “Talking about Titles with Elodie Parkes

  1. Thinking up titles to be one of the most difficult parts of the process for me. It’s nice when they come to you though. Thanks for hanging out with us today, Elodie!

  2. Hi Lisa,
    Thank you for hosting me today Lisa. The trend has continued for me, yikes, I titled my latest WIP’s all three, three times and still can’t decide. What’s going on?

  3. I love short books or novellas. When I don’t have a lot of time but still want my hot read fix, this is perfect because I can get the book read in just a short amount of time.

    Have a great weekend Ladies,

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