We Have a Title! (And a Winner)

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Thank you to my readers who offered new titles for After the Storm! It was a grueling process, going back and forth between author, agent, editor, and the publisher’s marketing department, but we’ve finally settled on Secrets She Left Behind. If you check out the comments to the original post, you’ll see that our frequent commenter, Denise, actually suggested that wording, so she will receive a copy of the book when it’s hot off the shelves in May.

Originally, we were trying to work the word “after” into the title to keep the book linked to Before the Storm, since it’s a sequel, but the right titles simply weren’t coming to us. I’m very happy with this new title. It fits the book perfectly and better reflects the drama and tension that exists in the story.

Thanks so much to all of you who helped!


  1. Margo on September 9, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Congratulations Denise!…it’s a great title suggesting mystery and adventure. I can hardly wait for this book to be released!

  2. Ann on September 9, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    I am sure that is a good title! It intrigues me – can’t wait to read it.

  3. Gina on September 9, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Yay Denise! Congrats!
    Glad your title search is over Diane. It must be quite a relief for you.

  4. Denise on September 9, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Oh my gosh! I’m stunned and so honored! There were so many great suggestions. Woo hoo! Thank you!

  5. Diane Chamberlain on September 10, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Yes, Gina, it is a relief. Now I’m working on the title for the work in progress. Want to vote?
    The Glimmer Child
    A Year in a Heartbeat
    Two Tomorrows
    The Next Time You See Her
    Born in Time

  6. brenda on September 10, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Teaching at h. s. and both colleges-wearing me out–but enjoying it.
    I love the title…
    I want to hear what some of you thought about the latest by Anne Rivers Siddons…Margo hasn’t read it yet…I won’t comment until you guys have read it. I must insert here: I was reading Mary Alice Monroe’s latest…I was so enthralled I jumped when someone spoke to me (at the Y) and I forgot to get off the machine I was on…I am not finished with it…I like it…she has a winner…

  7. Margo on September 11, 2008 at 8:06 am

    OH DIANE, I LOVE THE NEW TITLES FOR YOUR WIP!! Very original and sooooooo intriguing! Can you share ANYTHING about the new WIP? I think we are all chewing at the bit to know something if possible…maybe you don’t have a contract yet which means you can’t tell us a thing but my fingers & toesies are crossed!
    LOL Brenda but don’t fall off the machine!…I havent’ read Mary Alice’s new book but my friend Laura is starting it today…I’m still involved with the TWILIGHT series (which I know you don’t like but I love them)…did you give them a try Diane?

  8. Diane Chamberlain on September 11, 2008 at 8:46 am

    I haven’t read the new Anne Rivers Siddons or Mary Alice Monroe’s latest, and I’m excited to have them to look forward to. Maybe I’ll pick MAM’s up today. Right now I’m listening to THE LACE READER on audio. Not sure yet how I feel about it.
    Brenda, I know how much you love your students! They’re lucky to have you.
    Margo, glad you like the new titles. I’m very excited about this WIP, but can’t talk about it yet. Which title intrigues you the most?
    As for TWILIGHT. . . I had minor surgery two weeks ago (I’m absolutely fine), but I couldn’t read for about a week, so I listened to TWILIGHT on audio. I didn’t like it at all and didn’t finish it, but I am certain that had to do with the fact that I was spaced out and dozing off during parts of it. I felt like I was reading a young adult romance. I promise to (eventually) give it another try.

  9. Margo on September 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Diane, I’m so glad to know your fine after surgery and am sure John’s taking excellent care of you…I hope you’ll give TWILIGHT another try sometime; maybe on audio it doesn’t come across the same if there isn’t a good speaker…don’t know but I am loving the series myself.
    As far as your new titles, the one that struck me the most was BORN IN TIME…I’m am SO INTRIGUED with it and it just seems to promise something beyond those 3 words. This must have been a title that just spoke to you because it definitely speaks to me as a reader. (-:

  10. brenda on September 11, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    I LOVE THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE HER-but you are using a pronoun in the title (used to be After the Storm)…
    I LOVE GLIMMER CHILD-but makes me think of students who are special.
    I AM VOTING A Year in a Heartbeat…makes me think of Jodi Piccoult’ l9 Minutes…what can happen????in that time…I love love love A YEAR IN A HEARTBEAT…I love it–just hard to pick a title not knowing WIP
    Diane-glad you are fine after surgery. I have good news–the therapy at Y-helped rotator cuff…however…I still need help on cataracts-just kidding-nothing can help that but surgery…
    Also-eager to hear comments on Siddons…Margo knows what I thought. MAM—I have a few more pages…I read at the Y today.
    I am telling you girls-if I read that while I was at my son’s in August and wrote you…I apologize…I love it, but I think I did read it this summer.
    My students-most love-some don’t…some really really don’t…however…I am overwhelmed with high school and both colleges…next spring-hopefully back to high school and one college class.
    Right now–excitement: MY yearly November NYC trip to the marathon…(My son broke his records in the Wisconsin Ironman this past weekend…yes…)(I did not love LACE READER…Margo-you will never get me to like those books, but I AM IN THE MINORITY>>>)
    Greetings to all-have a great weekend.

  11. Margo on September 12, 2008 at 9:11 am

    I love BORN IN TIME because its a very unique title and doesn’t sound like anyone else’s book…it also makes me think the title might have a double meaning to it and I can visualize a story, almost mystical or magical beyond those 3 words……..oh Diane I just have a feeling this is an exceptional story taking place.
    Brenda, even my 88 year old mother is glued to the TWILIGHT series but I know they are not for everyone.
    Personally, I can’t turn the pages quick enough; I’m SO engrossed in them…(-:

  12. Diane Chamberlain on September 12, 2008 at 11:10 am

    I cannot believe the feedback I’ve received here and from friends on these proposed book titles. everyone loves a different one! going to make it challenging to choose one.
    Brenda, have a fun and safe journey to NY!

  13. brenda on September 12, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    I am so so so in the minority with that series…
    Diane-the title of your book-I wondered if it will become confused with Secrets of Cee Cee…sorry to throw that out…Margo-didn’t we mention this too on email???

  14. brenda on September 12, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Why would a male author use a woman’s name as a pen name when writing i. e. Diana Diamond…is evidently a man.

  15. Diane Chamberlain on September 12, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    I actually don’t mind if the word “secrets” makes people think of CeeCee, because CeeCee has been a very popular book. It can only help.
    As for a male author using a woman’s name–I’m not familiar with Diane Diamond, but usually a man who writes women’s fiction, or especially romance, takes on a feminine pseudonym. Similarly, women writing thrillers often take male pseudonyms of use intials.

  16. brenda on September 13, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Do you guys read differently if it is a man or woman author? I do not, but some of my students say they do. I kind of liked THE OTHER SISTER by Diana Diamond, but when I Googled “her” name-it was a man…

  17. Martha on September 13, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Congratulations Denise! And congrats to Diane and her “powers that be” for such a swift conclusion to the elusive job of selecting a title. I love shopping for greeting cards because I usually know immediately whether or not the card adequately conveys my thoughts. I like to think that’s true with book/story/poem titles.

  18. Krysia on September 13, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Wow I can tell I haven’t visited in awhile.
    Gunnar has been sick for a month and hasn’t really slept so I’m a walking zombie. Last night is the first night he’s slept and he slept all night. I’m sure it was pure exhaustion. The dr.s just keep saying it’s a virus and to let it run it’s course. The poor child is so stuffed he can barely breathe and has to be upright. Not only do I have this stress but the stress from my job also wearing me down. blah
    I haven’t finished Before the Storm yet but I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel, I’m getting excited!

  19. brenda on September 13, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Krysia-I am so so sorry your little one has been ill-that is tough.
    Ladies-we discussed salaries recently. I WAS excited to get my yearly raise (teachers get a raise of about 500.00 per year I think…well-this year, I thought it was more…Then of course, insurance raised, and guess what? My salary is now that of a single person and not a married one…DUH!!! Why didn’t I remember that after a divorce, one reverts to single deductions…I have never thought it was fair that a single person must pay more than a married one…I wonder why…Anyone know?????
    Just had to throw that one in…

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