Last week I received an email from my editor at Kregel. He wanted to know if I could turn in the manuscript early, so the book can come out early (instead of February 2017).
Of course I said "yes," so now Book 4 will come out late next FALL 2016 rather than Winter 2017 (three whole months early). Since Book 3 comes out in two months, it won't be such a wait for everyone.
I will turn in the finished manuscript January 4, and soon afterward, I'll be bombarded with a marketing questionnaire which asks, among other things, title suggestions. I gave them my title awhile ago to possibly put into the back of Book 3, but they used "Watch for Book 4" instead of my title. Yeah, that's a hint they might not go for it. So, I need other suggestions. Help!
Since it is impossible to think of a title to a book you know nothing about, I have put together a brief summary. I don't know if it will help or not, but I'm sure you wouldn't mind learning what Book 4 is about, right?
I would appreciate any and all title suggestions for the new book. I know the summary is not much to go on, but you are all very good at thinking up titles, like for the contest books! (I think somebody suggested "Circle C Steppingstones" for the new series. I plan on pitching that series title. If you are the "owner" of that suggestion, please speak up so I can thank you if Kregel uses it.)
Anyway, here is the 40-word summary and then the longer synopsis. Good luck and thanks for anything you can come up with!
1. 40-word "nutshell summary"
A series of unexplained attacks against the Circle C ranch forces Andi’s family into the realization that escaped prisoners have revenge on their minds and intend to make the Carter family pay for past wrongs.
Nothing gives Andrea Carter greater joy than to know she’s pulling her own weight on the Circle C ranch. Unless it’s racing Shasta or learning to stunt ride with the help of her brother Chad’s new wrangler, Riley Prescott. After an afternoon of riding practice, complete with a humiliating spill, the two head home. They quickly stumble onto a mysterious cut in the fence surrounding brother Mitch’s special breed of calves.
And that’s only the beginning . . .
A cryptic warning follows, delivered via brick through the plate-glass window in town, where Chad’s engagement party is in full swing. Then cattle begin to sicken and die, and the horse barn catches fire. Who are these mischief makers, and why have they targeted Andi’s family?
When evidence points to escaped prisoners whom big brother Justin prosecuted years ago for robbery and murder, none of the Carters feel safe. Andi offers to stay in town with Justin’s family while he’s away. Little does she realize they are being watched.