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Stacy Juba
May 17th, 2012, 10:32 AM
Hi everyone! I'm Stacy Juba, and I'm going to be dropping by to chat over the next 2 days. I would love some help with naming my latest e-book. Everyone who gives some input on the name and leaves their email address in this thread will get a free Smashwords download of the book when it is released in July. In addition, I'll randomly be choosing one commenter to receive a free Smashwords download of my novel Sink or Swim.

Here is some information on the book that needs title feedback. It will be a collection of essays that tie into my mystery/romantic suspense novel Twenty-Five Years Ago Today. About 50 authors (give or take a few) have answered the question What were you (or your character) doing 25 years ago, and they wrote fantastic essays looking back on memories from elementary school, high school and college; romantic relationships; pregnancy and raising a family; unusual jobs; hardships; and their writing journey. Some of their characters also stopped by to answer the question. The goal of the book is to interest readers in checking out the inspiration for the collection, my mystery novel Twenty-Five Years Ago Today; to help readers discover a bunch of talented authors; and to remind readers that one day they will be looking back on this period in time, so they should make every moment count.

I'm torn between these titles:
25 Years in the Rearview Mirror
Twenty-Five and Counting
Twenty-Five and Counting: 50 Authors Look Back
25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 50 Authors Look Back
Twenty-Five and Counting: 50 Authors Remember
25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 50 Authors Remember

So...which of these titles do you like best? Do any of them seem to fit the project described above? Do you like it with or without a subtitle such as 50 Authors Remember/50 Authors Look Back. If you like a subtitle, what it if turns out not to be an even number like 50? What if it's 40 authors? or 53 authors?

If you have an idea for a totally different title, I'd love to hear it. If anyone comes up with a different title and I use it, I will acknowledge you in the book.

Please leave your feedback in this thread (and include your email address if you'd like to be entered for the Smashwords drawing, and if you'd like to receive a free copy of Whatever the Heck this ebook essay collection will be called!) It's going to be a great collection for those who enjoy reading blogs and magazines - it includes some NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors, Amazon bestselling authors, and numerous award winners and award nominees in all genres from romance and mystery to fantasy and young adult.

In between your comments, I'll also pop in on Thurs. and Friday to tell you about some of my other books and to answer any questions. If you've got any questions for me about my books, the writing life, book promotion, etc, fire away!

Stacy Juba
May 17th, 2012, 10:58 AM
Just a brief introduction to my books. I've published books for adults, teens, and children. My main focus is adult mystery/romantic suspense; and I'll also be venturing out into chick/lit and romantic comedy territory with my book in progress. I'd love for you to drop by my web site at http://stacyjuba.com/blog/. Reviews and buy links are at each of the below links. Most of my books are available in paperback and e-book formats, with the e-books retailing for under $3.99.

Adult Novels:
Sink or Swim - How do you change the channel when reality TV turns to murder? After starring on a hit game show set aboard a Tall Ship, personal trainer Cassidy Novak discovers that she has attracted a stalker. Can she trust Zach Gallagher, the gorgeous newspaper photographer assigned to follow her for a local series? As things heat up with the stalker and with Zach, soon Cassidy will need to call SOS for real. http://stacyjuba.com/blog/books-2/sink-or-swim/

Twenty-Five Years Ago Today - For twenty-five years, Diana Ferguson’s killer has gotten away with murder. When rookie obit writer and newsroom editorial assistant Kris Langley investigates the cold case of the artistic young cocktail waitress who was obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology, not only does she fall in love with Diana’s nephew, but she must also fight to stay off the obituary page herself. http://stacyjuba.com/blog/books-2/twenty-five-years-ago-today/

Young Adult Novels:
Dark Before Dawn - When teen psychic Dawn Christian gets involved with a fortuneteller mentor and two girls who share her mysterious talents, she finally belongs after years of being a misfit. When she learns her new friends may be tied to freak “accidents” in town, Dawn has an important choice to make – continue developing the talent that makes her special or challenge the only people who have ever accepted her. http://stacyjuba.com/blog/dark-before-dawn/

Face-Off - Brad’s twin brother T.J. has gotten himself out of the fancy prep school his father picked for him and into the public high school Brad attends. Now T.J. is a shining new star on the hockey team where Brad once held the spotlight. And he’s testing his popularity with Brad’s friends, eyeing Brad’s girl and competing to be captain of the team. The whole school is rooting for a big double-strength win…not knowing that their twin hockey stars are heating up the ice for a winner takes all face-off.
http://stacyjuba.com/blog/face-off/

Picture Books:
Teddy Bear Town Children's E-Book Bundle - Immerse your child in the sweet and gentle world of teddy bears with three complete picture books. Each of these bedtime stories is fully illustrated with simple and cheerful colored pencil illustrations of teddy bear families, giving the whimsical effect of a completed coloring book. Illustrations are geared toward color e-readers such as the Kindle Fire or Nook Color. http://stacyjuba.com/blog/teddy-bear-town-childrens-e-book-bundle/ (http://stacyjuba.com/blog/teddy-bear-town-childrens-e-book-bundle/)The following titles are featured:

The Flag Keeper - Elizabeth may be a little bear, but she treats the American flag with big respect. After Dad leaves for a trip, Elizabeth pledges to raise the flag all by herself and follow all of the flag etiquette rules that her father has taught her. However, her dad never told her what to do if the flag gets dirty or the police show up. Teaches children about U.S. flag etiquette through a fiction story, flag facts, activity idea, and discussion questions. For ages 4-9. Also available in paperback at http://stacyjuba.com/blog/the-flag-keeper/ (http://stacyjuba.com/blog/the-flag-keeper/)

Victoria Rose and the Big Bad Noise - Victoria loves her home and family, but boy does she hate the noises that invade her daily life. Her imagination transforms the blender into a growling bear, the vacuum cleaner into a lion and the lawnmower into a spaceship filled with monsters. With the help of a CD player, she decides that maybe a nasty noise like the blender is just music that doesn't know how to sing. This sweet bedtime story can help young children learn that household noises aren't so scary after all. For ages 3 and up.

Sticker Shoes - When Jenny gets a sticker stuck to her shoe, she has a new invention - Sticker Shoes! She covers her sneakers with shiny sparkling stickers and runs outside to try out her beautiful shoes. Unfortunately, Sticker Shoes aren't meant for rough and tumble play in the dirt and her invention doesn't last. Jenny makes her way through her closet, trying on old boots, dress-up shoes and slippers in her hunt for the perfect Sticker Shoe. Teaches young children about problem-solving and taking the first early "steps" toward independence. For ages 3 and up.

lovelygoodman
May 17th, 2012, 10:58 AM
I like the 25 years in the rearview mirror : 50 authors looking back, title.
email is goodman.carrie@gmail.com

Stacy Juba
May 17th, 2012, 11:11 AM
Thanks, Carrie! Got you down for a free copy of the essay book. One of the authors in the book was telling me it reminded her of a Chicken Soup for the Soul kind of book, and that is the perfect comparison of what to expect.

Here is an essay of mine that will be in the book if anyone is interested in reading it . It was originally published on my blog May 13, 2010.

Twenty-five years ago, I was an introverted young girl approaching sixth grade. Suddenly, girls started “going out” with boys, bullies grew bigger, and gym class got rougher. Even though I had dedicated teachers and good friends, school often felt uncomfortable to me. One particularly bad day, my eyes filling, I scribbled all over my paper bag book covers, “I hate sixth grade.”

My bedroom, filled with overflowing bookshelves, was my haven. Boy, how I wished I could go to school with spunky girl detective Trixie Belden, her friend Honey Wheeler, and join their club the Bob-Whites of the Glen. They were such a tight-knit group, and while having fun together, they solved all sorts of cool cases like The Mystery of the Emeralds, The Mystery of the Phantom Grasshopper, and The Mystery at Mead’s Mountain.

If I wasn’t curled up on my bed reading Trixie Belden, it was Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, or the Bobbsey Twins. For lighter fare, I enjoyed Beverly Cleary’s Ramona novels and Judy Blume’s Fudge books. I found comfort and warm familiarity in these fictional worlds and collected so many novels, that one night, my shelf buckled. A hundred books collapsed onto the floor, the loud avalanche sending my parents racing into the room.

Today, my husband has resigned himself to the fact that novels will always be strewn across my dresser and will sometimes slide onto the carpet. I’ve been known to leave books on the counter, the dining room table and near the staircase, but I’m happy to report that I haven’t worn out another shelf in 25 years.

faerymom
May 18th, 2012, 01:21 PM
Twenty-Five and Counting: 50 Authors Look Back

this is the one that catches my eye and makes me want to take a second look

Crystal
faerymom@ymail.com

Stacy Juba
May 21st, 2012, 09:19 AM
Thank you, Crystal! Since we just had a couple of entrants, I'll send you both a free code for a Smashwords download of my book Sink or Swim. You'll also both receive a Smashwords code for the essay book when it's released this summer.

I was slowed up with some dental problems over the weekend and didn't get here to comment as much as I'd like, but thanks to everyone for coming by. These were a couple links that I wanted to share:

Twenty-Five Years Ago Today is the Book of the Day here: http://flurriesofwords.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/book-of-day-twenty-five-years-ago-today.html (http://flurriesofwords.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/book-of-day-twenty-five-years-ago-today.html)

I was recently interviewed by Jen Blood at Blood Writes - the most extensive interview I've done in a long time. http://jenniferblood.net/wp/2012/05/author-interview-stacy-juba/

If anyone sees this thread late, I'd still welcome feedback on the 25 years essay book title - and if you leave your email address with your feedback, I will add you to the list to receive a free Smashwords code for the book this summer.