Sunday, January 2, 2011

What's in a Name?

Well, a lot, actually! It's been a while since I checked in at my blog. I just finished Dream Master (releasing soon! I'll keep you posted), and already I'm thinking about my next novel - working title - Slave Island. One stumbling block for me at the beginning of each new project is getting the names right. Names matter! 

Let me tell you what this one is about, and then, if you feel like it, please put in your two cents! It's been a long time since I penned something dark and dangerous - a suspense-filled abduction tale, not for the faint of heart. Slave Island  will be such a story, but the slave traders intent on abducting and bending her to their will are in for a surprise when they nab ......! Our heroine is no wilting flower, but a kickass woman who doesn't know how to give up, even against extraordinary odds.

Lured to what she thinks is an all-expense paid dream vacation at an exclusive resort located on an island in the Caribbean, ...... finds herself imprisoned at a slave training camp, with cruel trainers intent on breaking her down into a compliant, docile slave girl, ready to serve the powerful men who would purchase her for their own.

The book will be a dark and probing exploration into the twisted minds of sadistic trainers out to exploit and control innocent young women. But I'll take it a step further, delving into the dynamics of mind control and forced sexual submission, as well as the tenacity of a determined spitfire of a girl who refuses to yield her dignity and spirit in the face of erotic torture and forced submission. 

So here's where you come in! Fill in those blanks! What should we name this heroine? Something strong and sexy. I was thinking Lexi, Leanna, Lee (don't know why I'm going for L's...) Comment and let me have your ideas. If I choose a name you suggested, you will win a prize!

Thanks! Love, Claire


  1. I like Lexi too. Here's a couple of other suggestions:


    Wow, okay, got carried away just a bit. LOL

  2. That is a great cover for Dream Master!
    Strong female

    Zina or Xena - Either spelling. Zina is a lady in my group and she has a great strong name. Xena is well...the ultimate warrior woman

    Gabriella - um...same show and another strong character. Gabi...could have quite the mouth on her.

    Jerri - That is my mom's name and I always think of her as a strong willed woman.

    Parker - that is my son's name, but would make a strong female name as well.


    Roberta - Ronnie for short, but that could be too masculine for you as a female lead when you also write m/m

    :) Hope that helps. :)

  3. Hey, Lauryn, that's cool! I like that. I like Lacey too...THANKS! I'll let you know if I use one. Appreciate it, Susan!

  4. Thanks, Brea! Good ideas. Gabriella - Gabi...definite appeal!

  5. A few popped in my head immediately are.....

    Don't know how great they are, but there you go.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  6. Thanks Joder. I love that name Genevieve. And we could call her Gen for many great ideas! Keep 'em coming! I start the novel next weekend, so I'll pick a name by then...

  7. You know "Chele" is a great strong name....not many out there either...

    But if you are sure about the "L's" Lainey is my pick

  8. Chele is a little too close to my given name! I would feel weird using it! But Lainey is good...decisions, decisions...

  9. Susan, email me, will ya? I am really thinking 'bout that name Lauryn!