Published: February 17th, 2015
From Cindy Miles, bestselling new adult author of STUPID GIRL, comes the next installment of her blockbusterStupid in Love series – STUPID BOY.
Brax Jenkins and Olivia Beaumont are the most envied couple at Winston University—but the so-called “virginity dare,” orchestrated by Brax’s old fraternity, almost tore them apart. Now, a new dare is taking shape, and it’s sure to set emotions ablaze–more than ever before.
Winston’s “It Girl” Harper Belle isn’t just president of the Deltas–she’s also a master at keeping her ugly past a secret. So, when the Kappas’ dare hits closer to home for her more than anyone realizes, she devises a competition of her own as payback. Three sorority sisters will seek out a notorious womanizer on campus and–unbeknownst their “mark”–secretly train him to be the perfect boyfriend. Always up for a challenge, Harper targets the biggest player she can find: Brax’s wickedly handsome foster brother Kane McCarthy.
But, Harper discovers there’s much more to Kane than girls, games, and partying. His easy smile belies the quiet, old soul reflected in his deep brown eyes. All it takes is one night, one secret laid bare, and one kiss from Kane to shift Harper’s world on its axis. Suddenly, the girl who’s always walked a straight and narrow path can’t think of anything else except losing control.
Choosing a Title
I truly wish that title choosing was one of my finer talents. Unfortunately, it’s one of the hardest tasks for me! Well, sometimes. It seems like, depending on the content of the book, or the characters, the title of the novel or series falls a little easier into my brain. But, I confess, most of the time? It’s work. And I think it’s because while I’m clever on the cuff, (sporatic, spontaneous cleverness lol) I draw a blank when putting ink to paper (literally) to choose a series or book title. They’re powerful tools for an author, by means of sales, eye-catching, etc. There is a heavy meaning that lies behind a title. So naturally a lot of work must fall into it.
I start with making lists. Lists are good. Lists are also part of an author’s arsenal of tools and I have notebooks and notebooks of lists. Lists of characters, characteristics, habits (good and bad), settings—as well as one sentence “blurbs” that (might) can sum up the beef behind the story.
After those lists are made, I hit the thesaurus and make lists of alternate words. I make a list of character thoughts—like a stream of random thoughts that connect to the main point of the book. Then—and this is where the clever comes in—I try to put it all together.
Because there are so many writers now, there are so, so many books. In the romance industry, the number is mind-blowing. More times than not you will find more than one book with the same title. So on top of my lists and hopefully-clever compilation of titles, I will run the prospective title through Amazon, to see if that title pops up. Usually, if it does, I’ll start over and see what else might fit.
All in all, it’s like birthing a baby. Once you give that baby the name (title) they (and you and the readers lol) are stuck with it! So even though it’s a lot of work for me, I put in as much effort and thought as I can to pull it together.
About the author:
National bestselling author Cindy Miles writes edgy romance, ranging from contemporary love stories to sexy paranormals. A native of southern coastal Georgia, she loves reading (naturally), baking swoon-worthy desserts, traveling abroad, yoga, and classic rock. The cover for her debut New Adult romance, STUPID GIRL, was featured on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. In the novel, a volatile mix of bad boys, sassy smart girls, dark secrets, and red-hot romance add up to one wild ride through college. The second book in her Stupid in Love series, STUPID BOY, features a wickedly handsome law-breaker who falls for a beautiful, straight-A college student with an ugly past of her own.