Friday, January 26, 2007

Need a title for book two

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Only Uni

That’s the working title of book two in my Sushi Series. I don’t think anyone even knows what uni is. And those who do probably think it’s one of the grossest things ever eaten.

(Uni is a type of sushi. It’s raw sea urchin gonads, and it tastes like garbage. It’s called “roe” but it’s not the sea urchin eggs—it’s the reproductive organs, “a yellowish or orange substance resembling a rather firm custard” (Wikipedia.com).)

Okay, enough about uni. If you haven’t figured out by now, I’m hopeless at titles.

So that’s where you come in! Any ideas for my new title?

Since the series is the Sushi Series, the name should reference Asian food.

Here’s the story 411:

Book Description:


This is the second book of a proposed four-book series about four cousins: Lex, Trish, Venus and Jennifer. This is Trish’s story, while each of the other books focuses on the other cousins as heroines. The cousins appear in all four books. They are all Asian American, fourth generation. Lex and Trish are full Japanese ethnicity, while Venus and Jennifer are half Japanese and half Chinese.

Sushi Series Overview


Four cousins—Lex the Jock, Trish the Vamp, Venus the Swan, and Jennifer the Oddball—commiserate their single status in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the only Christians in their large extended family, they vow to fight the stigma of the infamous family title, Oldest Single Female Cousin. But they have very different ideas about not acting as desperate as they feel about their bleak love lives. Who knew God would have His own plans of true love for each of them?

Book 2 story blurb


Flirty biologist Trish Sakai has alienated her best friends and her family because of her wild behavior with her artist ex-boyfriend, Kazuo. Then she finds her father kissing another woman, and her mom suffers a heart attack. Convinced God is punishing her for her sexual promiscuity, Trish comes up with three rules from First and Second Corinthians: 1) Stop looking at guys, 2) Only date Christians, and 3) Persevere in hardship by relying on God. If she follows them, God will restore her life to the way it was before her mistakes. If she can somehow regain her chastity, she won’t feel as dirty and unworthy as she does now. They’re only three rules. How hard can it be?

Spenser Wong finds himself attracted to his coworker Trish, but his dinner invitation gets slammed down with a lame excuse about Corinthians and rules. That cools his ardor pretty quick. But then Spenser discovers that his old enemy Kazuo needs Trish as the “muse” for his unfinished masterpiece painting due in a few months for a gallery show. Kazuo pursues Trish with everything he’s got, but Spenser decides to throw a wrench in Kazuo’s plans by pretending to pursue Trish himself.

Trish is going nuts trying to stand firm against two hunky guys. Her three simple rules aren’t so simple anymore . . .

Well??? Any title ideas?

11 comments :

  1. Camy - you'd make history as the only writer in the Christian market to have sex organs in a fiction title! Ha!

    Your books sound awesome!

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  2. can't think of any titles..but the book sounds really good.

    also i don't know if it's just me, but does your blog look a little different?

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  3. Sorry, no titles here either, but your book sounds awesome! I'm very intrigued and dying to read it now.

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  4. Book blurb is great. Wanted to read it right away. Title? Well, let's just say that it didn't hit me, especially AFTER you explained what uni really is.

    Not sure what the relationship of uni is to story other than that it is a type of sushi. What about a different type of sushi? Is there one that looks yucky but surprises with a really great taste? (Can you tell I don't eat sushi?)

    Or maybe, because you say "only" three rules, maybe you can work a title around that premise. Of course you could always go with something like "Sushi for Three" or "Salvaged Sushi".

    Okay, I'm not great with titles either.

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  5. I've eaten uni before - ick! Still tasted better than natto. Fermented beans just didn't do much for me.

    I like thinking of titles. I'll wrap my mind around it. I think Only Uni might be tricky for people because they might pronouce it "you-ni" like it's short for unicorns. So you'd lose the alliteration.

    What about:

    Tako Tales (only it's octupus -- ha!)
    Tofu Tales (mmmm)
    California Roll (there's one that's not too scary. Wonder what you could change roll to.)
    Sashimi Secrets
    Teriyaki for Two

    OK -- better stop. Making myself hungry. :)

    Can't wait to read your book!

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  6. Cami, I love shusi. I've eaten it since the early 70's. But Uni? No thanks. I learned the hard way what it is. Up close and personal.

    I don't think it was all that fresh, because it ...well suffice it to say, I don't like it. And I've eaten some things I'll bet most of your readers never thought of eating!

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  7. Ane, if you eat things I wouldn't think of eating, I'm not sure we can go on a motorcycle ride together. Or, if we do, I get to pick the lunch spot, okay?

    Titles? How about:

    Sushi for One
    Sashimi Bar for One
    Pass the Saki
    What Good is a Single Chopstick?
    A Long Road to Kotobuki

    LOL!!! I love title brainstorming. As long as it isn't MY title!!!

    Ginny Smith

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  8. hey this sounds like a great book!!! I can't wait to read it!

    oh...wait... I already have! LOL And it was a great book.

    As for titles... um... I suck at titles.

    So really there is no point in this post other than to have you tell me to shut up. :o)

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  9. I'm not all that great at coming up with titles either. I don't know anything about Asian food, so I guess I can't help you with that.

    Is there a line in your manuscript referencing the sushi or anything that might help give you a name...

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  10. The world of Sushi is not a place that I happen to visit often. After reading your story blurb, my thought was: if Trish is trying to live by "3 simple rules" perhaps the title should have three parts.

    Pick two sushi dishes that are 'simple' and the third would match her third rule - God.

    Your readers could connect the title with Trish's rules or with Trish's hunky guys.

    You did ask for ideas.

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