I’m two weeks from the deadline for the book formerly known as The Waif and still have no title for this poor story! There are a few titles my editor and I are considering (one of them suggested by one of you the last time we brainstormed!), but we still don’t think we’ve found the right one. So I’m opening it up to you again to see what we can come up with. This time, I’ll tell you a little more of the story, which is set in three areas in North Carolina: Raleigh, Carolina Beach and Beaufort.
Thirty-four-year-old Erin is separated from her husband and grieving the loss of her four-year-old daughter when she meets a young guy, Travis, and his four-year-old daughter, Bella, in a coffee shop. Bella is a sweet little charmer with big gray eyes. She carries a stuffed lamb in one hand and a little pink purse in the other. Erin is drawn to Bella in a way that both frightens and thrills her. She’s known Travis and Bella only a week when Travis asks her to watch Bella while he gets something from his car. He goes to his car. . . and doesn’t return.
Travis has raised Bella since she was an infant and she’s his world. He’s worked in construction to support Bella and himself, but a fire has destroyed his home and belongings, and the poor economy has left him without work. In desperation, he takes a job that turns out to be not what it seems and that puts both Bella and himself in danger.
In another town, twenty-two-year-old Robin is engaged to marry Dale, who’s running for mayor. When Dale’s teenaged sister has a baby, Robin begins thinking about the baby she never had a chance to know. . . the baby she’s kept a secret from her fiance.
There’s a lot more going on, but I don’t want to give anything away. It’s a story of a little girl who changes the lives of three people who love her, and it’s both poignant and suspenseful–I hope!
Let’s see if we can find a the right title for this title for this title-less book. I welcome your suggestions.