Thursday, October 22, 2009

Countdown To The Dark Divine Contest: Help me title my new book!

(Note: If you came here looking for info about the street team, click here.)

Shout outs to some awesome friends:

1. Congratulations to bff Emily Wing Smith for winning The Utah Book award for her exceptional YA novel THE WAY HE LIVED. The awards ceremony was neat, and our adventures afterward were some of our wackiest--complete with blood, gore, cheesecake, and Brodi Ashton walking barefoot down 4th South and me screaming things like, "Don't smell that, you might get hepatitis!" I'm sure Brodi will blog about it in much funnier ways than me, so be sure to pop over there.

2. Congrats to James Dashner and his whirl-wind tour of the USA to promote his new book THE MAZE RUNNER. Plus, he was featured in two articles in PW Daily yesterday, and according to them, the book is doing A-Mazing.

3. And huge congrats to new friend Becca Fitzpatrick whose novel HUSH HUSH is debuting at #10 on the NYT bestseller list!!! YAY! She'll be signing at several Utah Costcos over the weekend, so if you are in the area, check out her schedule here.

Shout out for myself:

Did you guys see my beautiful ad in PW Daily? It's run three times over the last week. It's so beautiful. Click here to see it, then scroll down until you see it in its purple glory.

Okay, on with actual post:


So, this next month is going to be a bit crazy. I am attempting to finish the first draft of the sequel to The Dark Divine in the next 32 days. As a result, my brain power failing....words not coming.... loosing ability to type...

Sooooo, yeah. The rest of this blog post will be short and too the point (I hope) and my posts will likely be a bit sparse between now and November 23rd. Never fear, though. The Street Team will still be announced a couple days after the deadline (which is the October 26th btw if you have not yet applied. And if you haven't applied, why not? And if you have no idea what I'm talking about, click here).

Ok, on to the point. Time to celebrate only 2 months left! This month the prizes are as follows:

Prize #1: signed copy of WAR DANCES by Sherman Alexie, and a signed copy of THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner
Prize #2: signed copy of ONCE WAS LOST by Sara Zarr
Prize #3: signed copy of HUSH HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick

So here's what you gotta do for me if you want to be entered in the contest. As I mentioned, I am in the middle of writing the sequel to THE DARK DIVINE. I am loving spending more time with the characters from TDD and am very excited about where the story is going, but here's the deal, it doesn't have a title yet. Got any suggestions? (No titles with spoilers please!) (UPDATE: I'm thinking of things that either play of the words "dark" or "divine" or "desire" or "Grace" or "temptation" or some variation of similar words--yet not something that sounds like a steamy Harlequin romance novel.) Post a comment to be entered into the contest. Rules are below:

1.) Must be a follower of the blog and post a comment to qualify (UPDATE: You don't have to suggest a book title . . . you can always just say"hi")
2.) Answer question = 1pt
3.) Already a follow of blog = 2pt, Become a follower = 1pt
4.) Already a twitter follower = 2pt, Become a twitter follower = 1pt
5.) Tweet contest = 1pt.
6.) Post contest on your blog = 1pt

The contest ends at 11:59 pm on October 28th. Winners will be announced sometime within the next two days after that. . . I promise . . . assuming I'm still alive.

Okay, back to my writing cave. And don't forget to spread the word about the STREET TEAM!!! We need you!!


Speed Reader said...

Congrats to Emily! And thanks for the heads up about Costco ... I've been putting off a trip and now have a reason to brave the Saturday checkout lines! Good luck with the title search for TDD2. Hope the writing goes smoothly for the next 31 days.

BrittLit said...

1.) already a follower
2.) 1pt I usually enjoy titles that appear in the book at some point, but having not read the sequel I will not know of this yet. I think a cool title could be the Moonless Midnight, or the Moon at Midnight. Beautiful Awakening? I don't know it's hard when you don't know what the story is and what it is trying to accomplish. Hopefully those can at least spark your mind.
3.) Already a follow of blog = 2pt,
4.) Already a twitter follower = 2pt
5.) Tweet contest = 1pt
6.) Post contest on your blog = 1pt
sidebar post

total pts = 7


melissa @ 1lbr said...

Wow, this is a hard one. I agree that I usually like the title to be an integral part of the book. But, based on sequel related titles, I'd use on of the following words: Blue, Black, White, or Light. I don't have any great combos though.

I'm already a follower and I already follow you on twitter. Thanks!


cait045 said...

Can't wait to read the book.

-Already a follow of blog = 2pt,
-Already a twitter follower = 2pt,
-Tweet contest- 1pt @cait045


RKCharron said...

Hi Bree :)
It's hard to come up with a title without knowing what the second book is about. Assuming you want it tying into The Dark Divine somehow, I was thinking something with the word Divine included, ie: The Divine Rules.
All the best,
PS - (longtime Member/TwitterFollower)
PPS - email's in Blogger Profile

pepsivanilla said...

Maybe it could be The Deep Despair?

+2 I'm a follower


Debbie's World of Books said...

OMG! Been so wanting to read The Maze Runner and Once Was Lost. dasuzuki at yahoo dot com

+2 I am already a follower
+2 I already follow on twitter (debworldofbooks)
+1 I RT the contest announcement

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

Titles: Dark Distance, Distantly Dark, Deliciously Divine, Delicious Desire

+1 answer
+2 already follow blog
+2 already follow twitter
+1 tweeted contest

Ps my verification word is "romentr" I think that means roman noodles are your mentor. I'm just sayin.

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

Oh crap that last title suggestion of mine really does sound like a Harlequin romance. Sorry.

Erica said...

I'd suggest a title, but I haven't read The Dark Divine yet.
Answer question: I will probably apply later tonight or tomorrow :) = 1pt
Already a follow of blog = 2pt
Already a twitter follower = 2pt,
Post contest on your blog (in the sidebar = 1pt

:) Erica

D said...

1.) Blog follower posting comment!
2.) hmmm... hard when I don't know the plot... but I'll make some stuff up... Transcendent Grace, Lurid Lust (lol, now there's a romance title for you), I better stop there... I'll think some more when my 3 year old isn't begging me to read him a book.
3.) Already a follow of blog = 2pt

6.) Post contest on your blog = 1pt
will post later today...

ReggieWrites said...
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ReggieWrites said...

Answer question = 1pt
What about The Dark Desire?
or The True Temptation?

Already a follow of blog = 2pt

Become a twitter follower = 1pt
Mine is @ReggieWrites.

tweet contest = 1pt.

Thanks so much Bree =)
Reggie =)

D said...

I posted on my blog...

Maybe Dark Perfection for the title?

A Fly On The Wall said...

1.) Following now!
2.) Already a twitter follower
3.) Tweet contest = 1pt.

we need to start a #freereads hashtag and pick a day to implement of Twitter! We can all post on one day and maybe become a trending topic!


Brodie said...

Congrats to Emily, James, Becca and YOU!!!! Good luck with your writing!

+1 Um... Desiring Grace, Graceful Allure, Tempting Grace, Divine Temptation... can you tell I suck at this? LOL
+2 Already following blog
+2 Already following on twitter @peacelovevegan
+1 Tweeted -

AWESOME contest! Thanks!

Chloe said...

Woot, good luck finishing up DD2!!

+1 Title Ideas: The Deadly Divine, The Dangerous Divine, The Dark Delight... Hope those help!

+2 Already Follow Blog

+2 Already a Twitter Follower (@chloeeesays)


Llehn said...

+1 How about Divine Intervention?

+2 Already a follower.


Pixie said...

Great Contest
+1-The Divine Grace, The Divine Temptation, I really like The Dark Desire.
+2 already a follower
+2 already a twitter follower @its_Pixie
+1 tweet contest -
+1 posted about review here


Bunny B said...

Awesome contest! Hope I win :) Thanks!
1.) Follower
2.) Beautiful Temptation, Dark Hunger = 1pt
3.) Already a follow of blog = 2pt
4.) Already a twitter follower = 2pt
5.) Tweet contest: = 1pt.
6.) Post contest on your blog: = 1pt

bunnybx at gmail . com

elnice said...

Ok, I have been thinking of titles...
Divine Inspiration
Divine Bliss
Deadly Divine
Divine Beauty
Dark Days
Divined in Dark
Dark Desires

1.) follower of the blog
2.) Answer question = 1pt
3.) Already a follow = 2pt
4.) Become a twitter follower = 1pt
5.) Tweet contest = 1pt
6.) Post contest on your blog = 1pt (contest sidebar
Elie(Ellz Readz)

Anonymous said...

Great contest! I'm entering!!!

Here are some title suggestions:
1) The Divine Echo
2) The Graceful Dead
3) The Dark Allure

+1 Follower
+1 Answered the question
+1 Posted contest link on sidebar


Alessandra said...

+ 1 It's a bit hard to suggest a title without knowing what the book will be about... maybe The Dark Temptation? The Dark Despair? Divine Temptation? (all have the D allitteration, which sounds good, I think)

+2 already a follower

+2 already a Twitter follower (as alessandra83)

+1 tweeted about this contest here:


Sheere said...

+1 I'm so bad with titles.. but well I'll try. To keep the Dark theme..
Dark Grace? Dark Desire? Dark allure?

+2 already a follower

+2 aƱready a twitter follower (sheeredry)

+1 tweeted

+1 sidebar

Wrighty said...

Congrats on your debut coming soon! That's also my oldest son's 21st birthday. Ah, to be 21 again... no thanks! :)

I've only read the first chapter but it was very tantalizing. I want to know the secrets and I can't wait to read it! I agree that it's hard to come up with a title without the full story. The Dark Divine was a great choice for the first book. Happy writing and best wishes!

+1 Divine Desire
+2 already follow


Cari said...

+4 I already follow you on the blog and on twitter.

+1 I'm with Alessandra - Dark Temptation.
+1 Tweeted!

I still haven't read the Dark Divine! The release date is so far away...

neohippy10 hotmail

Katie said...

I'm so excited for Becca and James!! Congratulations to them and Emily.

+2 for following the blog
+2 following on twitter
+1 posted about your contest on my site here-

adminmundiemoms @

kimberly said...

+1 becoming a follower
+1 following on twitter@kimberlybrasher
+1 for suggestion I like The Dark Desire

donnas said...

I am already a follower.

But since I am awful with titles and such I am just going to comment to say Hi!

I am already a twitter follower.

Posted contest here:

Linked on sidebar here:

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Mimi said...

1.)Follower +1
2.) The Dark Delirium +1
3.) Already a follower (: +2
6.) +1

dark_illuzion at msn dot com

The Book Vixen said...

+1 Title - Dark Tempatation(?)
+1 new blog follower
+1 new Twitter follower (@thebookvixen)
+1 tweeted
+1 sidebar link, left side under Contests & Giveaways


Kim said...

You can totally do 45 pages this week. Relax. You can do it.

Brodi Ashton said...

I'm hijacking your comments. If you are reading this, you should be writing!

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

I heard the tamale guy has a heard of friends who love deadlines. And are willing to hurt those that can't make 'em. Dun dun dun.... (uhm I was sent by BA, I'm not trying to be really crazy by myself).

sarathered said...

I agree with Brodi ... write away sister friend. Write away.

But, I'm assuming you've been writing all morning and need a break, so I offer some name inspiration. OK, they've probably already been suggested, and it's still "a.m." ...

Tempting Grace
The Divine Temptation
The Darkening Grace
The Dark Desire (kinda steamy though)
Defining Grace
Divining Grace
Grace Be Thine

OK, now my brain is a swirly jumble.

Emily Wing Smith said...

Okay, what's up with the insane number of comments? Bree, you rock. I can understand why you're too busy to talk to me! P.S That's an lol if you're unsure, I harbor no grudges.

If this comment goes through I will consider myself queen of the world!

As for titles, I heard somewhere that the bestselling titles had the words secret, mystery, and horse in them. Of course, I heard this when I was a kid, so long ago. How about something more contemporary, like "Breaking the New Moon: The Dark Divine at Twilight".

I know, know you see why I don't comment. Your blog blocks my lame-o ideas. I do not blame it.

You know you love me! xoxo

BorostyƔn said...

Hi Bree!

1. My title suggestions are:

a/ Gaining Grace
b/ The Damned Divine
c/ The Devoured Divine
d/ Grace off/on Guard

+1 I'm a new subscriber


Una said...

I am not here for the contest, I am here to inform you that the music you're hearing is not the money you could be saving with Geico. I'm checking in on your 45 pages, where are you now???

Tamale guy told me all about the throw down in the parking lot.

And what is with you not rooting for BYU?

(Okay, had to show that us BA followers do have guts and hopefully gave you a laugh so you can clear your mind and keep writing!)

But,just for fun because I can't resist, how about a few title options: Divine Darkness, Graceful Temptation, Gracefully Divine, The Dark Apple (apple as in temptation since The Dark Temptation sounds Harlequin), The Dark Lure...

Josef13 said...

I'm a brand new follower~! :D What a lovely contest you are having, all look like fun books to read.

Your book looks awesome fun~! :) I'm not very good with titles but here's my two-cents...

'Temptation's Divine'
'The Dark Pathway'
'The Moonlights Divine'
'The Darkening'


Bree Biesinger Despain said...

Ooh, I really like some of these titles. Keep em coming!

And to all the Brodi Ashton followers, all I can say is "AAAHHHHHH" Oh and my hubby is behind me, saying things like, "Hey, why are you checking your blog? Shouldn't you be writing your 45 pages?" Thanks a lot Bro, thanks a lot. But seriously, thanks for going all Queen Latifa on my b-hind. Keep it up.

Okay, okay, so I'll go back to writing now.

Jenni Elyse said...

So, I'm here because I'm friends with a guy that's friends with another guy that is the son of the Don in New York City. Yeah, so take that how you want.... ;)

Good luck on getting your 45 pages done.

lulabell said...

Hi! I'm a friend of a friend, and I totally think you can do 45 pages in one week! However, I think since Brodi is threatening you, you should definitely challenge her back!

I'm also really excited to read your book! It looks like it's right up my alley.

I also just became a blog follower (+1) and a twitter follower (+1).

Good luck writing this week! You'll do fantastic!

Christy said...

Good luck with your book, I am excited to read it. I attended the Writing for Charity event this summer. I think it's great that you helped out with that. I didn't meet you there, but maybe another time...
Already follower of blog-2 pts
Already a twitter follower-2 pts
Tweeted contest 1 pt
Total points 5

Kim said...

already a follower.
What about your old title, Daniel Divine? I can only guess what the sequel might be about, but maybe The Deadly Divine. I like how the first title pits two things that feel like opposites and feels like it creates a new idea. Maybe the second title could match that.

Nikki (A Haunt of Ancient Peace) said...

+1 I'm a follower
+1 I haven't read The Dark Divine yet, just the synopsis and the first chapter, so I'm not really sure what the second one will be about. Here's what I came up with from your suggestions:
Divining Grace, Tempting Grace, Temptation in Grace, Divinity Graced, Desires so Dark (that one sounds like a romance novel), I like The Deadly Divine
+2 Already a follower
+2 Already a follower on Twitter (@Nikkayme)
+1 Tweeted contest
+1 Posted on sidebar

I can't believe The Dark Divine is almost here!!

:D Nikki

Bree Biesinger Despain said...

KIm- That's exactly the kind of title I'm going for: pitting two opposites together.

lulabelle- you are so right. I should totally challenge Brodi back. Give her a taste of her tamale flavored medicine.

Brodi- thanks for sending people to my blog. I've gotten a few more followers out of it. And some good encouragement/threats.

Alysa said...

You know, lots of people(including self) are attempting NaNoWriMo in November. If you can't get 45 pages, you're a real pansy.

Brodi Ashton said...

Bree- One day, you're going to thank me. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life. (Favorite Bogart line.)

Una said...

More titles for you because this is too much fun: Lured Grace, Midnight Grace, Midnight Divine, Dark Forgiven, Tempted Grace, Dark Hope.

And in return, I hope you have written 45 pages! =)

I'm trying to become a follower, but for some reason my hubby's account comes up and not mine. =( I'm such a techno-loser!

Becky said...

Good luck writing 45 pages! If you don't finish, it might not be enchilada sauce that is on your next tamale. *insert dramatic music here*

Brodi Ashton said...

Ha ha! Awesome threat, Becky.

brickhouse79 said...

Um... Brodi... didn't she just thank you? As in-- today? And frankly, she probably will do it again tomorrow too. Sheesh, I thought you were more observant than that.

Bree- seriously!? What are you doing here reading comments!? I really don't want to see your legs broken. Then I'd have to carry you everywhere. And it'd get all weird like that midget riding on the back of the giant dude in Mad Max and the Thunderdome. Oh, and the whole "you'll be in pain" thing.

Get to work!! (apparently this tomale guy has it in for you)

Bree Biesinger Despain said...

Just so you all know, I have officially thrown down the gauntlet and I'm challenging Brodi back. She has 2 weeks from today to finish her current work in progress. It's a novel called BROKEN, which Brodi will be if she doesn't finish her darn book by the deadline.

So now go back over to her blog and tell her to stop commenting and get cracking. She's been working on her first draft for almost a year, for Pete's sake! I'm attempting to write my whole first draft in a month, so yeah, who's the pansy now, huh?

Chrysalide said...

1.) I'm a follower of the blog and hi!! ;-)
2.) Answer question = 1pt Dark temptation
3.) Already a follow of blog = 2pt
4.) Become a twitter follower = 1pt
5.) Tweet contest = 1pt.

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Anonymous said...

its pretty hard when u haven't even read the book. here are some i came up with.

-tempted to the dark (does that make sense?)

- darkness and desire

-sinister desire

- the divine devotion

-divinity and grace

- the dark prophecy

- Divine illusion.

gosh i'm terrible at this.

2.) Answer question = 1pt

3.) Already a follower of blog = 2pt
4.) Already a twitter follower = 2pt
5.) Tweeted contest = 1pt.

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

Since I haven't read The Dark Divine I'm taking a stab in the "dark" hahahahahaha. Sorry :D Ok how 'bout The DARK Dark Divine? Good uh? I really don't know. Dark Desire but that sounds a little Harlequin romancey. Dark Longing?

+1 answer
+2 already follow
+2 already follow on twitter (justkeepreading)

foltzsfantasticbooks at

Aik said...

Here's some I thought of:

Desire for Darkness
Dark Divination
The Darker Divine

Already a follower of your blog = 2pt

Already a twitter follower = 2pt

Tweet contest = 1pt

Post contest on your blog = 1pt

I would love love love to read HUSH HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick! Thanks for the chance!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Jenilyn said...

What about using lyrics from "Amazing Grace"? Like:

Once Was Lost, But Now is Found
Was Blind, But Now I See
Grace Will Lead Me Home
To Save a Wretch Like Me
Lead Me Not Into Temptation (that's not from the song, but...)

+1 question
+1 became a follower

Good luck, both with finishing and avoiding the Tamale Man and BYU Fans. You know they're following you...

Una said...

The Darker Divine is a good sequel title, but only if you plan on two novels, how would you do a third? Darkest Divine? Or a fourth? Divine Darkness? Ack, nice try Bree's commentators, I won't be thwarted!

*music playing* Team Tamale is watching you! Brodi's typing away, and sharpening those adverbs!

Britani said...

Hi! New follower here(+1)!I have read the first chapter of your book and now am dying! December can't come fast enough.
Ok here's my shot at a little title help. (As I haven't read TDD I could completely be missing the mark)-
Detaining the Divine
Dissention Divine
Dissenting Divine
Distant Divine
Tempter's Truth
Tempted Truth
Truth's Temptation
Twist in Temptation
Twisted Truth
Distracting Divine
Divining Destiny
Destiny Divine
Destined Divine
Apparently I could go on and on.

As the contest ends today I didn't blog about it but I did post the countdown
+1 on our book club blog (just getting up and running)blog
+1 as well my blog

Not on Twitter yet. One of these days I'll breakdown and do it.

Good luck with your furious writing! Can't wait to read that too!

Kim said...

There's a big difference between writing a novel in a month for NANOWRIMO and writing a novel that's under contract and deadlines and all that pressure. There's nothing pansy about that. You can do it Bree!

Brodi Ashton said...

Go Bree. Go Bree. Go, go, go Bree!

And while I'm here, how about a title?

Um... The Night Thickens

What can I say? I suck at titles.

Britani said...

P.S. Can I say I am really digging on your playlist! Very nice!

quinn said...

someone said it earlier in the post and i like their title idea
the deadly devine.

Bree Biesinger Despain said...

Team Tamale- Thanks for the encouraging threats. Be sure to throw some of that Brodi's way. That girl needs to stop blogging so much or whe'll never hit her goal.

Britani- Thanks for the playlist love!

Brodi Ashton said...

Team Gluten-Intolerant:

I am officially on the blog wagon. No more blogging until tomorrow. And then, no blogging over the weekend. Boo-yah!

Thank you for helping me with my time management.

Inspirational comment: In the immortal words of Hamlet: "Words, words, words."

Kim said...

The Cursed Divine
The Damned Divine

Mary said...

Hi Bree - just heard about you from our mutual friend Alaina E. Your book sounds way cool and Congratulations - it's always exciting when a Utah writer gets the big offer. Enter me for the contest. I'm a follower now and I'll promote the contest on my blog. Love to be apart of your street team and help promote the book. How about the Diviners for the street team. Probably someone already thought of that. A title for your new book hmmm - how about Graceful Temptation.
Anyway good luck with everything.

I believe that is 3pts for me.

Mary said...

I guess the contest is over. I'll still post about you on my blog. I would be honored to to receive an ARC of your book and review on my blogs.

BookMac said...

I know the contest is over but i have a name suggestion...the deepest desire. To steamy? Not sure, just thought I'd add it.

Good luck!


Bree Biesinger Despain said...

Hi Mary and BookMac! It's always fun to have new commentors. Sorry you're late for the contest, but I do a new one every 22nd of the month.

Alaina Evans said...

Finally posting title ideas.....

My first thoughts wrapped around Divine Light or A Divine Light. Definitely thinking that you should keep Divine or Grace in the title. Grace Divine or Divine Grace but I'm still thinking. I'm also thinking of Jude and Daniel. Everyone has changed, everyone has a new beginning, almost like a rebirth. So...... maybe that too should be acknowledged. Which kinda leaves me having brain cramps.

Are you going to have it coincide with a parable? And please tell me that the walnut tree will be mentioned at least once. I love that tree!!

More titles:

Divine Redemption
A Redeeming Grace
The Divine Deliverance (TDD)
The Saving Grace

So far The Divine Deliverance is my favorite.

Best of Luck!!

Alaina :)

Alaina Evans said...

Hey- I know the contest is over but wanted to help anyway. Seems like I'm always a day late and a dollar short :)


Bree Biesinger Despain said...

Thanks for the suggestions, Alaina! And yes, the Walnut tree will always have a place in the story. I'm also basing the sequel on the parable of the Good Samaritan--although pretty loosely. More in theme than actual events.