A question on book titles & raccoon drama

Book Title: Love Your Input!

I have a question for y’all…I’m having a terrible time naming my next book in the Shee McQueen series.  The first is:

The Girl Who Wants

I picked that title because I read a paper on how people love “the girl” in titles and they love characters who WANT instead of NEED. So I figured combine those and you have a compelling title, right? There’s mystery — What does she want? Who is she? Good stuff.

So now it’s time to name the second book. Do I  want to name them all The Girl Who…? I love consistency. Or do I mix it up? Right now I’m leaning towards:

The Girl They Forgot

What do you think about that title? Does it make you wonder why/who? Does it have a little menace, because it makes you think maybe they’re going to regret forgetting her?

Let me know what you think and let me know some of your favorite book titles and why in the comments below!


Wildlife Videos

So until I have more puppy photos for you, I can fill in some wildlife. We have four raccoons we call “the brothers” who always travel together.

I’m a little worried about them though… here’s one of them passing…glowing eyes appear in the darkness behind him…and then… uh oh! Bobcat!


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19 Responses

  1. Tanya

    Oh no!!! Sometimes it’s better not to know what goes on in nature 😿
    Prayers for the brothers ❤️🙏🏻❤️

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    • Elva Munro

      The brothers are very cute. I understand your concern for them with the bobcat following them – but in my experience with wild racoons, I think the bobcat should be much more careful and give them a wide birth. Racoons are very efficient killers individually and can even take down large dogs or coyotes. I think with the four of them together they are pretty safe.

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  2. Susan Tuttle

    How about: Forgotten Girl?

    I tend to like shorter titles. Plus, it gives you lots of leeway for the next ones in the series: Pursued Girl; Captured Girl; Wandering Girl,… that kind of thing.

    My first book in my Skylark PI series is: Tough Blood. The next is Innocent Blood, the third is Burning Blood (2 & 3 are still to come)… It “brands” the series nicely, you could do the same with Girl…

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    • Tempe garriott

      I do like consistency and this sounds interesting. I’m sure they will prove to be very sorry they forgot. My favorite series of titles is the m c Beaton books death of a …….. because they are good books and make you anticipate who will be murdered next.

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  3. Marian Fairchild

    Since you started with an active verb, I think you should continue that if you’re looking for a theme. So if it fits the story: The Girl Who Forgets.

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  4. Marti

    How about “The Girl Who Was Forgotten?” I like “The Girl They Forgot,” too.

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    • Barbara

      I like Marti’s suggestion The Girl who was forgotten. It keeps with the theme of The Girl Who….

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  5. Barbara Harrison

    Don’t care what you call it, just so long as it ties in with the book. Read one book recently, got to the end, and could only ask myself “How does THAT title fit THIS book?” NO tie in at all!

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  6. Alan

    I think keeping the same sort of title for a series helps link them together and helps you find the books that go together. So The Girl Who………. is good for me

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  7. Bev

    I like ‘The Girl…’ as the start of a title for a series. It allows you to go in so many directions. Reading series is a favorite because I feel I’m involved in, or following the characters’ lives. Best of luck!

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  8. Tanya

    Lillian Jackson Brauns wrote “The Cat Who” series and her devoted readers, like myself, loved how she worked the clues into the titles.

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  9. Katie Robles

    The Girl Who Wants More?
    The Girl They Forgot is good. Who’s they? Did they forget her on purpose? Why? Is anyone going to notice her?

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  10. Peggy

    One of the National Park Rangers followed two mountain lions that came inside the campground. There are at least 20 families living here, some for over 20 years. Anyway, they got in a fight and one took off. The other one has been hanging around the general area. When it’s too close to the campground or the family who lives in a house behind the campground, it sounds like a war zone. A 400 lb bear was one exit up from ours on Interstate 5,and was killed when two cars hit it. There were injuries to the passengers. A huge wolf was seen alongside Interstate 5, near the exit south of us, where a huge bear was seen, but was smart enough to stay out of the middle of the road. Creepy. I need to get my gun fixed or get another one so I can go for walks and feel safer than I do now. I have to use a walker with a seat becausecI periodically get dizzy spells. If I sit down right away, there’s less chance of my falling again.
    As for raccoons…how I hate those critters. When we still had our house, when raccoons climbed up the side of the house and pulled aside a board. They were living in our attic. OMG!! You haven’t lived till those nasty critters run all over the attic screeching and fighting. There were about 10 of them up there and the noise st night was simply terrible. I was retired and living a life on 3rd shift because I could only sleep during the day, when they left the attic. You do get some interesting critters around! 😊

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  11. Renee Sonnenblick

    I really like the title but it makes it sound like a lonely person instead of a menacing girl. How about “the girl they won’t forget”. Somehow, though , I still like your title better.

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  12. Susan Abbey

    Not sure of the story theme – like both titles – or us the word The Girl who was of became ‘Invisible’.

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