We’re having a little fun now that it’s the Holiday Season.
Romance novel titles can be so generic, they blend together. This has always been so in the genre, whether it was 40 years ago or in the present day. The popular trend now for historicals is to add “Duke” or another title, or “Rogue,” “Rake,” “Devil,” or “Scoundrel” to a previously known idiom or title. For example, take the books The Viscount Who Loved Me or I Kissed an Earl.
While some of the modern have me groaning, I can look back at older book titles and laugh at their silliness.
No one did formulaic titles better than the folks at Kensington/ Zebra. For over 20 years they released romances that adhered to certain naming conventions. Let’s see:
Happy Adjective/Angry Adjective + State/Location/Native American Tribe OR Another Adjective + Noun with Romantic Connotations = Wild Texas Bride; Sweet Stolen Surrender; Sweet Silken Bondage
We created a romance novel name generator that takes after the Zebra naming conventions. Use the initials of your name to create a unique title. If you don’t have a middle name, that’s ok, this still works. My name, Jacqueline Diaz, would be Jubilant Destiny, which actually sounds pretty romantic. I took my husband’s initials and came up with Enchanting Pittsburgh Marriage, which I’m sure applies to many people, but lacks a certain oomph. Try your hand and see what title you come up with!
Zebra Romance Novel Name Generator
|LETTER||FIRST NAME||MIDDLE NAME||LAST NAME|
What book title do the initials of your name create? Play around, have some fun, and see what combinations you can come up with!