“The Feminist and the Dom,” the third book the Rod and Cane Society Domestic Discipline series needs a new title I’ve been informed by my editor at Loose Id. It doesn’t fit with the other books in the series, Unexpected Consequences and False Pretenses.
I’d had misgivings about the title at the time I submitted it. On the pro side, I think has a hook because there’s an inherent conflict inherent. However, I had feared it could mislead readers who might expect a BDSM book, instead of domestic discipline. The “Dom” is more of a dominant than a Dominant.
So I’m not upset that Loose Id is requiring me to change the name, but the pressure is on. The book is going into proofreading and is set for a January 2013 release date. What the heck am I going to call this thing?
What I need is a two-word adjective, noun title that implies a question or conflict. For instance, in Unexpected Consequences you know there are unanticipated repercussions to an action. False Pretenses implies subterfuge.
In The Feminist and the Dom, a diehard feminist is set up on a blind date with the deputy chief of police who belongs to the Rod and Cane Society, the organization who spank their wives. Though she’s intensely attracted to him, she instantly pegs him as a chauvinist and wants nothing more to do with him. But of course, she doesn’t know the half of it! He, on the other hand, is quite taken by her and plans to show her that her true strength lies in submission and not feminist manifesto. They were fixed up by Liz Davenport, the attorney friend of Melania in Unexpected Consequences.
I want a title that implies a power struggle, a contest of wills, a battle of the sexes. I’d considered “Manhandle,” because at one point in the story the heroine accuses the hero of having manhandled her, all the while she’s attempting to “handle” him. But it’s only one word and too many other books have that title. I thought of “Hot Pursuit,” because it’s a police term and Mark does pursue her, but my editor rejected that as too common also, and it doesn’t have the natural conflict that Unexpected Consequences or False Pretenses have.
I’m considering “Fair Advantage” or “Unfair Advantage” because in another part of the story Mark tells Stephanie he need every advantage with her because he’s “just a man.” But she thinks that men are born with all the advantages.
But I don’t know. Any suggestions?