Well hello there, everyone. Today we’re doing something a little different at the Emporium. Because her most recent book, Dead Bolt, is coming out shortly, Juliet Blackwell is once again visiting, and she’s doing a contest.
But we’re trying something new.
In spending a lot of time with Juliet and Sophie Littlefield, one of the things Juliet often jokes about is that she’s jealous of us, with our genres’ flexibilities. For example, Sophie gets to write a lot of violence (and does so beautifully). Meanwhile, I get to write a lot of sex.
Juliet and I were joking that one of the reasons her genre–the Cozy Mystery–doesn’t get to do much sex-writing is because of their titles. If you’re at all familiar with the genre of the Cozy, you know they LOVE their puns. Here are some great examples:
The Long Quiche Goodbye (CHEESE SHOP MYSTERY) by Avery Ames
Affairs of Steak (A White House Chef Mystery) by Julie Hyzy
The Gingerbread Bump-Off: A Fresh-Baked Mystery by Livia J. Washburn
Liver Let Die (A Clueless Cook Mystery) by Liz Lipperman
One Foot In The Gravy: A Nashville Katz Mystery (D… by Delia Rosen
Due or Die (A Library Lover’s Mystery) by Jenn McKinlay
The More the Terrier (A Pet Rescue Mystery) by Linda O. Johnston
Shoe Done It (An Accessories Mystery) by Grace Carroll
You Better Knot Die (A Crochet Mystery) by Betty Hechtman
Ghoul Interrupted: A Ghost Hunter Mystery by Victoria Laurie
These are absolutely adorable titles, and they represent everything that’s great about the genre. Cozies are cozy–they’re delightful openings through which readers can escape into a world here nothing too bad is going to happen and where everything will be solved in the end. Juliet and I both love cozies and we both love their punny titles.
But can you imagine the amazing, car-wreck-happening-in-front-of-your-eyes nature of ….
AN EROTIC COZY MYSTERY’S TITLE?????
Just the thought had Juliet and me in absolute stitches, and that’s when we came up with the idea for this contest.
We’ll each be giving away a prize. Juliet will offer a copy of her latest Haunted Home Renovation mystery, Dead Bolt, and I will up the ante by offering to Amazon you a copy of one of Juliet’s other books, of your choice. So you get two books for one pun. 🙂
But that’s the catch. We want you to come up with your own Cozy style, punny title . . . but for an EROTIC MYSTERY. The raunchier and more ridiculous, the better. I’ll be facilitating the contest, but Ms. Juliet Blackwell, herself, will be judging. We’ll announce the wiener next Friday, December 9, 2011.
To enter, just tell us your best Cozy Erotic Mystery title or titles (you can enter as many as you come up with) in comments, and Juliet will decide from those.
Best of luck! Or whatever other appropriate word you can think of, that rhymes with “luck.”