Yup, you read that correctly. I have found a title for my Beauty and the Beast retelling! And I'm sharing it here, there, and everywhere today!
Honestly, not having a title has been the most agonizing writing problem I have had in a long time. I know it took me a while to come up with One Bad Apple too, but not nearly this long. I started writing this fourth book in October of 2020. With no real title. That's fourteen months of not knowing! It kind of drove me crazy!
Well, I sat down at my favorite local coffee shop on New Year's Day with my laptop and a few vague ideas, and about a hundred and fifty hundred rejected titles haunting me. Never mock the power of coffee and desperation and not quite enough sleep, my friends. Because, after about fifteen minutes of reading through hymns by Martin Luther, hunting for title ideas, I had a glimmer. I started searching Psalms... and I found it. I found my title!
There it is. My Rock and My Refuge. A Beauty and the Beast retelling set in 1870s Colorado gold-mining country, tangled up with a bit of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and a dash of my own family history.
My Beauty? A lovely German immigrant anxious to earn money to help save her family's bakery back home.
My Beast? A wealthy recluse determined to hide in his home with his books and his faithful friends.
And that's all I'm going to tell you right now, because I am pretty darn giddy about having a title. And because I'm working on revisions and have a lot of work to do on it. Which I can now focus much better on because... I have a title!!!