Pink VII has a title!

Which is a very good thing, since I was getting very bored with calling it Pink VII. The manuscript formerly known as Pink VII shall henceforth be… The Orchid Affair.

Thanks so much to everyone who helped in constructing the title!

Since so many people suggested “orchid”, it seemed fairest to award the ARC to the first person to propose it. Congrats, Allison!


  1. Yvette on April 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I love it!!! It conjurs up all kinds if interesting mental images.

    Vive l’affair orchid!

  2. carole on April 26, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Oh la la! I like it! ^.^

  3. Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) on April 26, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Congrats Allison!

  4. Allison on April 26, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    whoa, I think that means me πŸ˜€ *jumps for joy*

    thanks Lauren!

  5. Rachel on April 26, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I do like it… but why the departure from the pattern? πŸ™‚

  6. Maddie on April 26, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Interesting title… I absolutely cannot wait for the book to come out!

  7. Susan on April 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I also like it very much. I am also curious about the break from the previous pattern. I liked them.
    Is there a reason for the change?

  8. Lauren on April 26, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    We were originally going to stick with pattern and go with “The Intrigue of the Silver Orchid”. However, since we’ve been having a harder and harder time coming up with titles with each successive book, my publisher decided it was time to streamline things and try something shorter and punchier. So that’s how we got to “Orchid Affair”.

  9. Dayana on April 27, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Ooh! This is something new! It actually sounds really cute. Congrats Allison! You genius you!

  10. Jessica C on April 27, 2010 at 7:42 am

    An interesting name, though I like the longer title better. The shorter one doesn’t have quite the same ‘ring’ to it.

  11. Stephanie Ball on April 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Agreed i like the longer ones better. Its traditional and we are far from Exausting the options. But thats just me and i love the titles. it just doesnt have the same feel to it. It is punchy, but with the shorter names i fear your going to have problems making them unique.

  12. Stephanie Ball on April 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    example if you go to amazon and look up orchid then hit romance there are 88 titles with orchid, though affair is unique. it may be hard in the future to find more. as floweres are common in romance book titles. besides I picked up the books because of the titles. secret history is what grabbed my attention. most books are the silver rose or something. your longer titles are what make your books stand out among the piles of romance books

  13. Jane F on April 28, 2010 at 2:32 am

    I don’t remember orchid being among the four “nominees.” Not that it matters as author you have full rights to disregard democracy :). I am just curious as why you chose to go this plant type. Orchid is bolder than I was expecting. Of course, I haven’t read the book!

  14. Jane F on April 28, 2010 at 2:34 am

    *to go with this plant type. Oops.

  15. Robyn on April 28, 2010 at 8:24 am

    YIPPEEE!!!! A title!!!! Excitement is bubbling inside of me!! Congrats Lauren for picking a title.

  16. Debra Callaway on April 28, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Just my opinion but I have to agree about the longer titles being more of a “grabber”, it was what enticed me to read the first. It was more unique, especially since the books are being released in the standard paperback size now. With a shorter title and the standard paperback size they won’t stand out as so much. Also, why the change of word from Intrigue to Affair? It changes the whole tone of the title, it could have gone from β€œThe Intrigue of the Silver Orchid” to “Orchids and Intrigue” which would have not really changed the tone of the title as much. To me Affair would have been good in a longer title but in a shorter title it makes it sound like all the other romances out there. It also makes it harder to see that it is part of the Pink series because of the departure in the construction of the title.

  17. eriley on April 28, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Hooray for the new title! I rather like it. The whole “the ____ affair” structure is very in keeping with how numerous French political scandals are typically called (much how the US media likes to add -gate to US ones). Were you thinking of that when you decided on the title?

  18. Tami on April 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    While I like the new title, it sounds like one for a whole new series, not for a book in this one (unless this is the last in this series?). Also sounds like things have been “dumbed down” (less words) and sensationalized (“affair”) …for a mass market audience? There was something more..intelligent..and unique about the previous titles.

  19. Allison on April 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    well…while I did love the old title format, I completely understand where you and your editor are coming from on the need to streamline. The original titles can hook readers into the the time they get this far you could call it the dictionary and your loyal readers will still follow πŸ™‚

  20. Sheila on April 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I loved the long titles too, but no matter what the title, I know the book will be wonderful and am greatly anticipating it. Hopefully the new format and titles will attract new readers who have yet to discover Lauren’s wonderful books

  21. Meg on April 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I love the break in pattern- simplicity is beautiful!

  22. Stephanie W on April 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Yay, I can’t wait till it comes out. πŸ™‚ I miss the longer title as well though. This title doesn’t have the same punch the others do.

  23. Tracy Grant on April 28, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Love the new title! To me it sounds less romantic and a bit more “adult”, which fits the characters in this book.

  24. Gina on April 29, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I, for one, LOVE it. Patterns are not quite conducive to innovation and new creativity and stuff. Is it still coming out in January/February even though you’ve got one coming out in October?

  25. am7 on April 30, 2010 at 3:45 am

    Wait does that mean the whole title is the Orchid Affair? Interesting although confusing since its pink book and Mistletoe isn’t or is it
    Anyway I think its gorgeous

  26. Christine on April 30, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Going off what eriley said, are future books going to be “The (flower) Affair”? That would definitely be interesting and fitting with the whole spy theme.

  27. Megan Hirst on April 30, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I miss the old title format already. I understand that the new format is a little more punchy and streamlined, but there’s already been six (and will be seven if you count Mistletoe) in the old format. I think the old format is what makes the series stand out on a bookshelf.
    Of course I’ll still read it, but in the store it’s going to look like just a romance novel, which these books are definitely not.

  28. Kelsey on May 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Why the departure from the pattern? I’m a huge fan of the series but am unhappy with this title.

    the title is a theme that ties them together. why not something like ‘the desperation of the orchid affair’ or some other adjective. Or maybe just ‘the affair of the orchid’ at least that keeps it within the same style.

  29. Kelsey on May 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Just read Lauren’s comment above, I like the longer titles SO much better.

    Plus the long titles give your fans a chance to interact.

  30. Claudine on May 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    The longer, more descriptive titles are part of the unique style of these novels. To break from tradition in the middle of this series, doesn’t make sense. I could see using a different title style for a new solo novel on the Eloise and Colin characters. I agree with the other comments that this new title is “nice”, but not something that stands out above the rest. It doesn’t flow with the previous novels and seems out of place. If you read the titles in order out loud…then say this one…it’s sounds like the series has lost it’s momentum. Could the the publisher read these comments from the loyal readers and reconsider this decision?

  31. V on May 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    I, too, am a bit disappointed with the title. It is a nice title on its own, but it seems kind of out of place in the series. If the publisher wants something shorter and punchier, then perhaps a title like the one Kelsey suggested- “The Affair of the Orchid” or something like that? That way it’s shorter but still follows the general “theme” you’ve set. Just my two cents. πŸ™‚ Either way, I’m very much looking forward to the new additions to my favorite series!

  32. Penelope on June 1, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    If “Orchid” is part of the Pink series, I agree to have kept the same style in the title…. However, a “solo” act, VERY COOL TITLE!! So, I’m sorry to hear your editor “ducked” for the ‘punchier’ title…. I bow to the ‘traditional’ style myself!

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