As we ramble down memory lane with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, I have a secret to share.
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation didn’t start life as The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. Its nickname– since all my books have nicknames while I’m working on them– was Purple. As in, “Sorry, I can’t make drinks tonight. I think I’m going to go work on Purple.” Its official name, the one that lived on the upper left hand corner of my manuscript submissions was (are you bracing yourself?) A Rogue of One’s Own. (There’s a very long story behind that one, involving my best friend, garden implements, and a tenth grade play, but we don’t need to get into all that here.)
At the time, I had a daydream-y image of a whole Rogues Gallery of Rogue books. Miles’ book was going to be The Rogue Next Door, Geoff’s The Rogue Less Traveled (I wasn’t totally sure about that one, since Geoff actually traveled quite a lot, although as a metaphorical statement about his level of roguishness, it did kind of work) and so on.
So here’s your contest question for today, if you had to give a Rogue title to any of the subsequent Pink books, what would that Rogue title be?
Crimson Rose and Blood Lily positively scream out for Rogue re-naming….
Five winners of an advance excerpt of The Mischief of the Mistletoe to be announced here tomorrow!
Well, Jasmine should be:
The Son of a Rogue Returns
The Return of the Rogue
Referring to Robert in Night Jasmine
Crimson Rose would be:
The Dark Rogue
Referring to Lord Vaughn
Blood Lily: The Rogue The Met His Match
Crimson: The Rogue’s Redemption
The Rogue Revealed
“A Rogue By Any Other Name”
Bewitched With the Rogue’s Company
I thought we needed a Shakespeare quote for Lord Vaughn, and Mary often thinks about how she’d rather spend her time in his company than in any other man’s…
A Rogue Redeemed. For Night Jasmine
Night Jasmine seems to be popular. Mine would be:
Rouge on a White Horse.
Or if I could spell: Rogue on a White Horse. ;P
A Rogue Rivaled.
The chemistry between Vaughn and Mary was as much competition as courtship, and the two were so remarkable the same she was in every way his rival as his perfect match.
How about for Blood Lily: The Reluctant Rogue?
The Seduction of the Crimson Rose:
A Rogue No More?
The Temptation of the Night Jasmine:
A Rack of Rogues (Hell Fire joke)
A Redheaded Rogue
A Rogue Unveiled
For the upcoming The Mischief of the Mistletoe:
A Regency Rogue
(and just for giggles:)
The Rancid Rogue: Mystery of the Rotten Turnip
Night Jasmine: Rogue in Shining Armor
Blood Lily: Seduction of the Rogue
Crimson Rose- The Rapscallion Rogue
Sorry, hit submit too soon…
Blood Lily- A Lady Rogue
Jasmine would be A Rouge Come Home and Rose would be A Rouge By Any Other Name
Crimson Rose: A Rogue’s Proposal
Night Jasmine: The Elusive Rogue
I can’t think of one for the Blood Lily.
I think that the true rouge in Blood Lily is Penelope so I am going with
The Rouge in a Corset
Blood Lily: From Rogues to Riches
Geoff’s could also be: The Reluctant Rogue’s Rustic Bride (due to Letty’s pastoral background, and let’s face it, Geoff’s not much of a rogue!).
“The Return of the Rogue” (Night Jasmine)
“A Farewell to Rogues” (Blood Lily)
“A Rogue for All Reasons” (Crimson Rose)
Blood Lily: The Raj Rogue
The Lady is a Rogue or Lady Rogue for Pen and Misbegotten Rogue for Night Jasmine and Pastiche Rogue for Turnip 🙂
The Rogue Ensnared
(Vaughn, ahhh Lord Vaughn)
Night Jasmine: The Revenge of the Rogue
Crimson Rose: Beauty and the Rogue
Crimson Rose: A Rogue Unraveled
Night Jasmine: The Prodigal Rogue
Crimson Rose = My Love is Like a Red, Red Rogue (sorry, Rogue/rose…couldn’t resist).
Night Jasmine = The Rogue Comes to Roost
Blood Lily = Rogue Around the World (obligatory B-52s sing-a-long can commence).
For Blood Lily: Rogue Knows Best
Emerald Ring: A Rogue of a Different Color
Crimson Rose: For the Want of a Rogue
Crimson Rose: A Rogue By Any Other Name
Blood Lily : Desert Rogue (play on Desert Rose!)
“The Gallant Rouge” for Night Jasmine.
My dad liked to give his bird dogs “majestic”-sounding names, and that was acutally the name of a puppy of ours for awhile.
Roughly Roguish – I like the title, I’m not quite sure whom it fits best – I mean Vaughn’s more than roughly a rogue, Robert doesn’t really give off much of a roguish vibe, and Alex is pretty straight laced too… I kind of think it fits Miles more than anyone else, but I guess he’s anointed already.
The Seduction of the Crimson Rose would be “The Rogue to Perdition”
Night Jasmine would be “The Prodigal Rogue Returns”
For Crimson Rose:
“The Artful Rogue”
For Night Jasmine:
“The Remembered Rogue Returns”
Night Jasmine: The Reluctant Rogue
Crimson Rose: Always a Rogue
Most of what I was going to suggest has already been written, so I’ll put in the only thing I could think of —
“Rock ‘n’ Rogue”
Yeah. Not sure if it fits any of the heroes (if anything, I’d choose Vaughn), but I’ll give it a shot! I’ll be honest, I just like the way it sounds… ;D
Night Jasmine: The Rogue Returned
Crimson Rose: A Rogue by any other Name
Blood Lily: The Honest Rogue
What about The Resplendent Rogue (referring to the stylish Lord Vaughn, of course, in Crimson Rose).
The Betrayal would be Rogues Rampant and the Mischief would be The Rambunctious Rogue!
Night Jasmine: The Return of the Native Rougue
Crimson Rose: The Rougue of the Rose
Blood Lilly: The Rajah and the Rougue
Night Jasmine: The Return of the Rougue Native
Crimson Rose: The Rougue of the Rose
Blood Lilly: The Rajah and the Rougue
Night Jasmine-Rogue by Choice
Crimson Rose-Unexpected Rogue
Blood Lily-Lord Love a Rogue
Crimson – An Erudite Rogue and His Valiant Coquette
Jasmine – Rogues in Monks’ Clothing or The Habits of Rogues
Lily – The Reluctant Rogue
Crimson Rose: the seduction of the dark rogue
Crimson Rose: A Rogue’s Secrets
The Seduction of the Extravagant Rogue
The Temptation of the Rogue’s Vendetta
The Betrayal of the Rogue Temptress
**that is to say, if we were to keep with the traditional pink titles but add rogue.
For Blood Lily, I would suggest, ‘The Rogue of India’ OR ‘A Rogue Runs Through It’
For Crimson Rose, I would suggest, ‘The Reptilian Rogue Returns’
But, a “Rogue” by any other name would sound as sweet…
all the great punns are represented
I am not going to try to be particularly punny.
The Serpent Rogue
Vaughn would be the best rogue, but I couldn’t think of anything. He does love snakes though.
A Rogue at Girdings
again nut punny, but as Lauren pointed Girdings is provocative
A Rogue Among Thorns
one more for Crimson rose:
How about what might have been and what might be? Had Blood Lily been set in Burma, wouldn’t it be “The Rogue to Mandalay”? When you get around to Arabella and Robert Alderly, set during WWII in the India-Burma theater, might the intrigue not have something to do with the “Burma Rogue”? Any story revisiting previous characters might be “On the Rogue Again”. And if you follow up on the suggestion to set a novel in the American South, how does “Tobacco Rogue” sound?
For Night Jasmine, it should be something like:
“A Rogue of the Past”
For Blood Lily:
“The Rogue of the Orient”
Pink Carnation – How to Unmask a Rogue
Black Tulip – How a Good Boy goes Rogue (because Miles isn’t really a rogue, no matter how much he likes to think of himself as one!)
Emerald Ring – How a Good Girl goes Rogue (to match the previous… Letty does take a big step, chasing Geoff to Ireland!)
Crimson Rose – How to Redeem a Rogue
Can’t think of any others at the moment.
Pink IV – A Devilish Rogue
Pink V – Rogue on a White Horse
Pink VI – A Rogue to the Rescue
My favorite title though was “A Rogue Less Traveled” for Geoff, that is great! hahaha 🙂 I would have read it, had it been named that.
Blood Lilly-“A Company of Rogues”
Night Jasmine-Return of the Wandering Rogue
Pink – “Going Rogue”
Tulip – “It’s a Rogue’s Life”
Emerald – “A Rogue By Any Other Name”
Crimson – “Red Rogue”
Jasmine – “Run of the Rogueses” 🙂
Lily – “Rogue Rules”
err, Jasmine should read “Run TO the Rogueses” …emphasis added for clarification only 😉
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Crimson – “Moulin Rogue”
Blood Lily – “The Name of the Rogue”
Puns and secret societies – life is good.
Couldn’t access the site this weekend.
I was going to suggest:
A pair of Rogues for Crimson Rose
Rogue to the Rescue for Blood Lily