Author Lori Handeland ponders "what's in a name?" and talks about the cinematic inspiration for her titles. And make sure to check out the GIVEAWAY after the blog for a chance to win a signed copy of Chaos Bites!

One of the things I'm often asked about my urban fantasy series, The Phoenix Chronicles, is how I come up with the titles.

I've been very proud of these titles as I think they embody the "spirit" of the series -- they're both funny and a little scary. Just like the heroine of the series, Elizabeth Phoenix.

Liz is a smart ass, she can also kick ass.  She's the girl we most want in charge of the ground troops when Armageddon shows up. In the world of the Phoenix Chronicles, it just has.

So when I'm working out titles, I combine clever movie titles with words that reflect this world.

For the first book, Any Given Sunday became Any Given Doomsday. In the second, Heaven Can Wait became Doomsday Can Wait. In the third, Apocalypse Now turned into Apocalypse Happens.

The fourth entry in The Phoenix Chronicles will be released today. Chaos Bites is a twist on Reality Bites, and in it let's just say Liz's reality has become chaos and boy does it bite!

Liz is once again saving the world from Armageddon -- one demon at a time. Several weeks ago she had no choice but to kill a man she loved. Sawyer was a witch and shapeshifter, a sorcerer of incredible strength.

Liz has acquired a new set of paranormal powers. She has also received a special new gift in the form of Sawyer’s baby. Nothing is as it seems as Liz combs through the chaos of her new life while trying to outrun death at every turn. She’s going to need all the help she can get since every demon on earth is hell-bent on her destruction.

I think the titles of these books reflect the world contained in them very well. I like it when a book whose title caused me to pick it up because something in it interested me, actually delivers on that promise.

Speaking of which ... I have another book out on June 8.  It's titled Shakespeare Undead and yes, the title totally reflects the book. Betcha didn't know that the Bard had bite!

How about you? Do you like the titles to match the book? Or doesn't it matter as long as it's eye-catching and clever? Have you ever bought a book because of the title? Which one?

- Lori Handeland


*GIVEAWAY ALERT* Three Readers will be chosen at random to receive a signed copy of Chaos Bites. To enter please e-mail Whitney@RTBOOKREVIEWS.com. To be considered, the subject line of your email must be "Chaos Bites Giveaway" and you must include your name and mailing address (U.S. addresses only please).  Winners will be announced on May 17th!